Bosembele, Ombella-M'Poko prefecture, Central African Republic
A table in thirty year old Alpha's home with fermented cassava on a metal dish and a tortoise shell. Tortoise meat is eaten as a delicacy but Alpha eats it very rarely. She says that every day is a struggle. He husband was killed during the conflict. She has to work other peoples' fields to earn a little money to buy food and often struggles to feed her children. Her 17 month old daughter is being treated for severe malnourishment at a Concern (UK NGO) clinic. She says 'my child doesn't get enough food to eat. She's not healthy. We don't eat well. I have to go farming and bring back what I can for us to eat. We only have the basics – cassava leaves and okra, we don't have oil or peanut paste. Sometimes we eat twice a day, sometimes only once. There are times when I go to bed hungry – and sometimes I go without so that I can feed my children.' 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.