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Millions facing hunger in Niger – CNN.com

In Uncategorized on 21. July 2010 at 17:20

Cattle carcasses dot the desert. More beggars show up at street corners in the capital, Niamey. These are indications that Niger is on the brink of catastrophe, say aid workers.

But few outside the country have noticed these signs in one of the world’s least developed nations. And now an encroaching emergency caused by months of severe drought is threatening to leave 8 million people, or half the nation’s population, hungry.

The United Nations’ World Food Programme announced Tuesday that it is “massively scaling up” food distribution to people who have lost crops and livestock. In this nomadic, pastoral nation, they are people who have lost everything.

via Millions facing hunger in Niger – CNN.com.

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