Neighbours of Niger also facing food crisis
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
A food crisis is threatening three other countries in the region of Niger — a country facing severe food shortages after drought and plagues of locusts — the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned.
About 6 million are short of food and require food aid: 3.5 million from Niger; 1.1 million from Mali; 750,000 from Mauritania; and 500,000 from Burkina Faso.
The United Nations — which has a Consolidated Appeal for West Africa of just under £196 million US dollars in aid for the region this year — is expecting to feed 250,000 people shortly. In May, OCHA made an additional flash appeal for $16,191,000 US dollars.
Over the past few weeks, the media has shown graphic images of the situation in Niger. Jan Egelend, OCHA Under-Secerary General and Emergency Relief Coordinator, claims that the situation in the region prior to this was largely ignored by the international community, saying that: "Over the last few days, the world has finally woken up, but it took graphic images of dying children for this to happen."
- "NIGER: Fighting for life as a poor harvest makes a difficult situation critical" — , July 26, 2005
- "Niger neighbours also face hunger" — , July 26, 2005
- "Emergency response in West Africa" — , July 25, 2005
- "Consolidated Appeal for West Africa 2005" — , June 29, 2005
- "Emergency response in West Africa" — , 2005
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