W Africa faces hunger crisis

2012-02-19 09:54

Niamey - Top United Nations officials say 10 million people need help amid a food crisis in West Africa's Sahel region.

UN Development and Humanitarian chiefs Helen Clark and Valerie Amos called on Saturday for greater humanitarian response to the crisis that affects eight countries, including Niger.

During a visit, they commended Niger's government for its agricultural projects that are building more resilience to nutrition crises.

The UN has previously said that more than one million children in the affected countries are expected to face life-threatening malnutrition this year. The region has not yet recovered from the last drought two years ago, and many families lost their herds which means that they will not have assets to purchase food.

  • Irene - 2012-02-19 12:14

    And out comes the begging bowl for the 'evil' west again.

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-19 13:23

    This has very little to do with "drought" or "famine" That is just a convenient red herring to cover up and divert attention from the real issues which are the following: Complete lack of stable governments, complete lack of any kind of proper infrastructure, complete lack of any forward planning, complete lack of competent leaders, complete lack of anyone with the relevant interest or skills to manage finances or the agricultural sector (if there is such a thing), and of course the usual fraud, corruption and theft of donor money called "aid" that is religiously pumped into these bottomless pits year after year.

      Thato Prince Motaung - 2013-05-12 21:27

      now is not the time to point fingers when people are dying of hunger out there NickvanGraan

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