Bosembele, Ombella-M'Poko prefecture, Central African Republic
A table in Marie's house with Amaranth leaves, a pot full of 'termite' wood, a hymn book and a hoe. Termite wood is used as a traditional cure for stomach ache which she uses to treat her children. Amaranth leaves are one of the most widely eaten green vegetables in sub-saharan Africa. They are fast growing and drought tolerant and can be grown without the need to buy expensive seeds. She chose the hymn book to represent her faith. Marie (40) has 15 month old twins Moise and Dorcas. Dorcas recovered from severe malnutrition after she was admitted to a Concern (UK NGO) clinic but now Moise is being treated for malnutrition and diarrhoea at the same clinic. In each home he visited Chris asked the owners to select items of food and other possessions which were important to them, to create the centre piece for a still life. Each tableau tells their owner's story. Chris de Bode was continually struck by how few possessions there were in each home. This is one of a series of still lifes telling the story of this post-conflict region in CAR.