Friday, August 20, 2010

In Grip Of Drought, Floods, Niger Faces Hunger Crisis

Nomadic tribal chief Ibrahim Mangari walks past the carcass of a cow that he says died of hunger.
Sunday Alamba/AP
Nomadic tribal chief Ibrahim Mangari walks past the carcass of a cow that he says died of hunger in Gadabeji, Niger, in May. International aid groups once again warn that this nation of 15 million on the verge of the Sahara faces a food crisis.
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August 20, 2010
At the epicenter of a hunger crisis in West Africa's Sahara Desert region, Niger is in desperate need of food aid for nearly 8 million people — more than half the country's population. Yet a cash-strapped U.N. food aid agency has had to make a difficult choice: For now, only children younger than 2 and their families will be fed.
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