Abdel Karim Aboubakar, a Sudanese refugee at the Breidjing Refugee Camp in Eastern Chad. (Abdel Karim Aboubakar is featured in the book What I Eat: Around the World in 80 Diets.) The caloric value of his day's worth of food on a typical day in the month of November was 2300 kcals. He is 16 years of age; 5 feet 9.5 inches tall; and 110 pounds. Aboubakar escaped over the border from the Darfur region of Sudan into eastern Chad with his mother and siblings, just ahead of the Janjaweed militia that were burning villages of black Sudanese tribes. Like thousands of other refugees, they were accepted into the camp program administrated by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. Their meals are markedly similar to those they ate in their home country; there's just less of it. They eat a grain porridge called aiysh, with a thin soup flavored with a dried vegetable or sometimes a small chunk of dried meat if Abdel Karim's mother has been able to work in a villager's field for a day or two. MODEL RELEASED. .
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