Malian refugees swell food shortage numbers in Niger

Published on 20 February 2012

More than 20,000 Malians are now in the border region of Tillaberi, many in areas where villagers are facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition. (..) Niger’s ‘hungry season’, usually April to November, sees malnutrition rates rise - especially in young children - with a peak in June. But medics at Tillaberi’s intensive therapeutic feeding centre expect the worst to hit as early as April this year.

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