Tag Archives: Niger

Seeds of a self-sustaining future

Ten months ago the land around Kadabade, was barren and stony. The deep red soil gave life to very little. But a local group, supported by the Swiss charity Heks and its larger, better known partner, Christian Aid thought this was … Continue reading

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Niger children condemned to hunger

In the current food crisis gripping the West African state of Niger, 900,000 children are at risk of malnutrition.  The UN’s World Food Programme is working with local charities, but even then they fear that tens of thousands will end … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Niger’s markets are full yet famine shadows the dusty roads

Expensive imports and aid remain out of reach for 12 million people facing country’s worst food crisis in years The billboard propped up at the side of the dusty road offers what the land it stands on cannot provide : a … Continue reading

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Niger fights prolonged drought

Niger’s ruling military government is appealing for urgent assistance from the international community to help feed its people. More than half of the country’s population of 15 million are facing food shortages due to prolonged drought and crop failure and … Continue reading

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Millions face starvation as Niger prays in vain for rain

To the north of Niger, the creeping Sahara; to the south, oil rich and agriculturally lush Nigeria – this nation straddles the Sahel – dry, hot and cruel. It has suffered catastrophic droughts – 1974, 1984 and 2005. And now, … Continue reading

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Severe drought causes hunger for 10 million in west Africa

Eastern Sahel crisis is worst in Niger where 7.1 million are hungry as livestock and crops are lost and food prices surge: “The WFP, which plans to assist 3.6 million people in the coming months, has described the humanitarian situation … Continue reading

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Going Hungry in Niger

Niger is one of the poorest and most politically unstable countries in the world.Now aid agencies are warning that entire regions in the West African country could be on the verge of a wide-scale famine. Some families’ survival depends on a … Continue reading

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