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A mother and her child walk to get water, pumped by hand from a well in Mondo,  2012. Unicef estimates that 127,000 children under 5 years of age, in Chad's Sahel belt will require lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition this year - by Ben Curtis, UK

A mother and her child walk to get water, pumped by hand from a well in Mondo, 2012. Unicef estimates that 127,000 children under 5 years of age, in Chad's Sahel belt will require lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition this year - by Ben Curtis, UK

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LightBox has compiled this yearbook for literally picking a photo for each day of this astonishing year. It is a remarkable memorial to its high and low points, to agony and to exhilaration. But let the pictures speak for themselves.

Afghan women walk outside a house near the DHQ (Char Dara District Police Headquarters) in the province of Kunduz, March 29, 2012. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghanistan: March 2012

Afghan women walk outside a house near the DHQ (Char Dara District Police Headquarters) in the province of Kunduz, March 29, 2012. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Proof that I don't say "Paddington Bear" in a weird way....or proof that I am secretly Scottish.

Proof that I don't say "Paddington Bear" in a weird way....or proof that I am secretly Scottish.

Afghanistan: May 2012

Afghanistan: May 2012

Afghanistan: May 2012 - Photos - The Big Picture -

Chadian men and boys use a donkey to pull up water, (the quality of which is only suitable for animals to drink) from a well which took twenty men a week to dig by hand, in a wadi near Tchyllah, a desert village in the Sahel belt of Chad, April 19, 2012. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

Food and nutrition crisis in Sahel region of Africa

Chadian men and boys use a donkey to pull up water, (the quality of which is only suitable for animals to drink) from a well which took twenty men a week to dig by hand, in a wadi near Tchyllah, a desert village in the Sahel belt of Chad, April 19, 2012. (Ben Curtis/Associated Press) #

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