Niger Famine

Since 2009 there has been an irregular rainfall pattern across west Africa with an estimated seven million people at risk in Niger alone. This lack of rainfall has effected the harvest badly, estimated to be down around 30% on the previous year, but alarmingly, in places like the Diffa (left) in the east of country and Tillabéry to the west, there has been no harvest at all. Niger FamineFive thousand years ago the land that is now known as the Republic of Niger was fertile grassland, but today, following millennia of desertification, 80% of the land locked country is covered by the Sahara desert.

"The situation today is critical with pledges of aid failing to arrive and appeals going largely unnoticed. At a feeding centre treating sixty one children, fourteen died of malnutrition in one week alone and it is estimated that a further 900,000 children are similarly at risk of malnutrition and, inevitably, many of those will starve to death." Mamadou Biteye Oxfam’s West Africa Regional Director described the developing crisis: " We are witnessing an unfolding disaster which can be averted if the world acts swiftly. Five years ago the world ignored the warning signs from Niger, failed to act rapidly and lives were lost. The international community cannot make the same mistake and again condemn many children to an early death.""

Famine in NigerThat is how we reported the famine situation in Niger in 2009 together with the video bottom right. Today, five/six years later, the country is facing yet another famine crisis following last year when the country yet again suffered a severe drought compounded by a locust invasion. Today it is estimated that around a third of Niger's population is in crisis with some 800,000 children under the age of five already suffering from hunger, including 150,000 faced with severe malnutrition. And the famine disaster is only just beginning.

Within the next six months the disaster is expected to peak and global agencies are already mobilising to ensure food water and medical supplies can reach those in need. Thirteen of the UK's major aid agencies, including Action Aid, the British Red Cross, World Vision, Oxfam and Save the Children are working together co-ordinate help.



 
 
 
 
 


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A video documentary exploring the latest famine crisis in Niger that's affecting 7 million people in Niger from a failed harvest due of a lack of water and rainfall.

 
 


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