Niger struggling to feed refugees, as well as its own growing population

February 8, 2012 • Farming Practices, Niger, Daily Email Recap

Please see this recently written for SOS Children, a UK based charity, which focuses on developments in Niger. Reportedly, “religious leaders are now openly addressing the topic of family planning as a way to ensure a healthier population, which can be sustained by Niger’s fragile resources.” Click here: http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/charity-news/niger-struggling-to-feed-refugees-as-well-as-its-own-growing-population

Niger struggling to feed refugees, as well as its own growing population

Feb 07, 2012 12:17 PM

Over recent weeks, an estimated 12,000 people have fled fighting in northern regions of Mali.

Over recent weeks, an estimated 12,000 people have fled fighting in northern regions of Mali.

Fresh conflict has arisen between Tuareg rebel groups and the Malian army since mid-January. Groups of militant Tuareg fighters want to create an independent state across the regions of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu and have been using weapons released from the Libya conflict in a fresh campaign, causing many villagers to flee their homes.

An estimated 7,000 Malians have taken refuge in western areas of Niger. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is just one agency that has expressed its concern over the extra strain placed on communities in Niger, particularly around the Tiallabéri region. Villagers here have been hit hard by the drought of 2011 and with the likelihood of ongoing poor harvests this year, locals are facing increasing food insecurity. Niger’s government has already asked for assistance from the international community, predicting nearly half its population will face food shortages in 2012. In response to the refugee situation, some agencies have sent emergency supplies to western Niger, an ICRC spokesperson told the news agency IRIN, but there would only be enough “to meet immediate needs”.

To read the full article, please click here: http://www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/charity-news/niger-struggling-to-feed-refugees-as-well-as-its-own-growing-population


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