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Louis Belanger

Louis Belanger

Posted: June 22, 2010 12:02 PM

Photo Blog: Niger Food Crisis

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More than ten million people across West Africa are facing severe hunger and malnutrition because of drought, poor harvests and rising food prices.

Oxfam launched an emergency appeal to help more than 800,000 of the most vulnerable people.

Meet some of the people and villages of this impoverish country. All photos from Aubrey Wade.

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An empty millet store in Niger. More than ten million people across West Africa are facing severe hunger and malnutrition because of drought, poor harvests and rising food prices.

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Ariel views over Maradi province, Niger. Oxfam launched a £7m ($10m) emergency appeal to help more than 800,000 of the most vulnerable people in the region.

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Traders buying and selling at a cattle market near Kundumawa. Due to a shortage of animal feed many animals are under nourished and their capital value is quickly decreasing. Maradi Province.

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Salah Nuhu (72) and Ibrahim El. Aouta (63), Tuareg camel herders, are migrating with their families to Nigeria because there is no longer enough animal forage around their community.

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Herders migrating in search of pasture for their animals along the Maradi to Dakoro road.

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Rahmaou Amadou (25) with her young daughter traveled with her family group from Dakoro looking for pasture. "If the rain doesn't come I don't know what we'll do. The cows aren't giving enough milk to feed the children."

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Dja'o Bammo (10) came from Tauwa with his family, a three day walk looking for animal fodder. Amulesse near Dakoro.

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Water in the village pump has run dry so the women and children of Kakassi come to the middle of the dry river bed every day and dig for water. "We don't have anywhere to store water in the village (which is a short distance away) so we come every day to find water for all our needs: cooking, cleaning and drinking.

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The road from Kakassi.

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Jidata Mohamed (2) imitates her aunty, Issibit Imissawa, as she prepares leaves for the family. The villagers of Timbouloulag have been forced by the food shortage to supplement their diet with leaves collected from the bush. The leaves are soaked and cooked for three hours to break the strong fibres and pounded to a flour like consistency before eating.

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Issibit Imissawa.

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Ahdat Ilimanshe (1) is being fed by her mother Issibit.

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