NZARA, SOUTH SUDAN — The baby is skeletal from malnutrition, and so dehydrated that her skin is as thin and wrinkled as if she’d survived a century. Instead, these are almost certainly 20-month-old Josephine Moses’ last hours, though the mother who took her into the bush to protect her from this pointless war[1], but then watched her shrivel away there, is still trying to get her to take her breast. “That’s her crying,” whispers one of the nurses here at St. Therese Hospital[2], where Italian nuns[3] began treating leprosy and TB 64 years ago. The little girl’s mouth is open wide, but if she’s screaming, we can’t hear anything, as in a nightmare. She’s too weak to make a sound.


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