Niger: Once-taboo topic of hunger spoken again

Published on 01 March 2010

They are simple words humanitarian workers in Africa use often but dared not speak in this impoverished nation: hunger, starvation. And definitely not famine.For years, President Mamadou Tandja denied there was any food crisis in Niger, even when images were broadcast of skeletal children too weak to brush away flies. Now that the military has ousted Tandja, aid agencies are speaking out, with good reason: The country is facing its worst food shortage in years.

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