Currently, more than 18 million people in the Sahel region of West Africa are facing a food crisis. Food supplies are nearly nonexistent. Prices for food are rising drastically. Women and children are faced with the harsh reality of hunger.
In the last few weeks, as a regional communications manager for the humanitarian organization CARE, I have talked to families in several regions of Niger. Despite the variety of personal circumstances, certain elements appear often in people's stories.
Just ten years ago, the landsape around Marsabit town was green, with fields of maize and beans, and mango trees all over the hillsides. Cool mists frequently clouded nearby Marsabit mountain. But all that has changed.