when you think you have it bad, remember someone else has it worse.

I stumbled upon a post on News.com.au tonight, one that truly made me shocked and almost terrified to my own bone. 

Human life is cruel, but in the midst of torture and heartbreak is hope. 

Meet Minhaj Gedi Farah. Weighing in at only 1.3kg, he is one of many children that are close to the brink of death, in South Africa. 

Minhaj Gedi Farah
                                          Minhaj Gedi Farah at 7 months old.

Thanks to the devastation of famine and poverty, over 29,000 children have passed away in the last year. Minhaj is lucky enough to be fighting the unfair odds. If that is even considered lucky. 

Minhaj, as pictured above, arrived at the Daahab Refugee camp in Kenya, at seven months old. Taken under the wing of the Rescue Committee, he became the face of the famine in the media.

That is when the world first bothered to notice the severity of the situation, and even now, many are still turning a blind eye. And as this disturbing image and story haunts the mind, it is important to remember that he is one of thousands that are left looking so meek. Human life is cruel. 

I can tell you, however (and I must thank News.com.au for cheering me up with this disclaimer), that Minhaj is now weighing in at a healthy 8kg, almost the normal weight of the average toddler. His smile rises upon the adorable chubby cheeks that any young child should have. 

Minhaj at almost 10 months, with his mother.

Famine in Africa is rising to its peek, and can easily get even worse. With the right amount of awareness and support, the world can make other children look as bright and healthy as Minhaj, and bring families back from a depressing heartache.

If you would like to donate, or are considering sponsorship for an African child, head over to http://www.unicef.org.au