"Niger's silent crisis"
The Today program's Mike Thomson reports from Niamey, Niger on the growing food crisis facing the country following severe droughts which have led to crop failures and food shortages.
Mr. Thompson reports that, "400,000 of the country's children are at risk of dying of starvation. This follows the failure of rains last year which led to widespread crop failure, a situation greatly aggravated by soaring food prices which have left many people unable to afford to buy even staple grains like millet."
Helen Keller International is responding to this grave situation by supporting screening efforts to identify malnourished children and pregnant/nursing women, as well as supporting community-based rehabilitation programs for those identified as moderately malnourished.