At the crack of dawn, the Sow family — parents and four children, two girls and two boys — are up at their home in Conakry, Guinea's capital.
Sitting on a wooden stool, Aissatou Sow bends over to light a gas stove on the floor and heat up a breakfast of fried fish, vegetables and french fries, plus hot milk and fruit.
El Hadj Alhassane is 11; his sister Hadja is 6. They're off to school after being out of class for six months.
Big bro helps little sis zip up her backpack, and they head out the door into their dad's car.