Niger’s vicious cycle

Abdul Rahaman is tall and thin. Before dawn this morning, he left his small two-bedroom home in the village of Zantoram in central Niger to look for work. He is prepared to do anything to earn a few coins, a few francs to feed his eight children. Today, there was no work; not on the neighbouring farms or in the town. And so with some of the children in town, he set off to the bush around the village to look for dinner. They are trying to find roots and weeds that can be boiled. A cheap cereal called Gari is added to the mixture to create a meal which has little nutritional value, but fills empty stomachs.

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