UN issues plea to help starving Niger

Published on 30 April 2010

The United Nations has appealed for urgent assistance for Niger as a hunger crisis takes hold of the country. At least 7.9 million people - more than half the population - are facing severe food shortages in the west African nation. The country, two-thirds of which is Sahara desert, has been blighted by erratic rains that have destroyed successive harvests.(..)The UN's World Food Programme is "redoubling" its food assistance to the country to try to stave off a repeat of the 2005 crisis when hundreds of thousands of children suffered severe malnutrition.

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