Call to stop stunting

Updated 10:02 PM ET, Mon October 15, 2012
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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow chats with seven-year-old Massi Hassan, whose leg brace is being adjusted by a health worker, at the Notre-Dame de Paix rehabilitation centre in the town of Moundou in southwestern Chad. UNICEF/Olivier Asselin
Farrow took this image of a young boy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who was brought to a UNICEF supported health clinic in December 2008. Mia Farrow
An emaciated child in Eastern Chad in 2006. UNICEF estimates that worldwide around 170 million children under the age of five are stunted. The condition inhibits the development of their bodies and brains. Mia Farrow
Farrow took this image of a group of children in Angola in 2002. At the time, the girl in the middle was 17 years old. "Wherever I go," Farrow says, "I am always struck by the children. In the face of their courage, resilience and hope, I don't see how we can allow ourselves the luxury of feeling overwhelmed or helpless." Mia Farrow
A Somalian woman and child at the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya in August 2011. Farrow is joining calls for urgent international action to help feed malnourished children. Mia Farrow
A young child in Juba, South Sudan, in March 2011, who was at a UNICEF supported hospital where he received ready to use fortified food. Mia Farrow
UNICEF says the first 1,000 days of a child's life are crucial. These children, photographed in South Sudan's Western Equatoria state in March 2011, have benefited from an adequate supply of food early on. Mia Farrow