Resource October 18, 2016

Meet the Journalist: Neil Brandvold

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Cassava roots dry on the roof of a house on the outskirts of Kahemba. Image by Neil Brandvold. DRC, 2016.
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Konzo, a disease associated with irreversible paralysis is caused by improperly processed or hastily...

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Amy Maxmen speaks with children suffering from Konzo in Kahemba, DRC
Amy Maxmen speaks with children suffering from Konzo in Kahemba, DRC. Image by Neil Brandvold

Photojournalist and filmmaker Neil Brandvold and science writer Amy Maxmen report on Konzo, a neglected tropical disease, and travel to Kahemba in the Democratic Republic of Congo—known as "the place of suffering."

Konzo is a disease caused by consuming cyanide from improperly prepared cassava. The result can be irreversible paralysis. Brandvold and Maxmen were told that up to 1 in 10 people in Kahemba suffer from the disease and are forced to walk with home-made crutches or drag themselves to move.

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