"NIGER: Aid caravan for the east"
In response to the Niger Food Crisis that has devastated much of the country's population, "local authorities and aid organizations in Diffa, eastern Niger, are planning to hit the road with a humanitarian caravan to help 35,000 people and weakened cattle next week."
It is reported that in northern Diffa, only a fifth of the 45,000 animals counted in February 2010 may be alive by the end of this month.
"We have seen a catastrophe. There are dead animals everywhere. Some stockbreeders have lost nearly all their cattle and are losing their mind. People have been eating animal grains, but they have none left by now," said Mani Adamou from the government’s technical service division.
Half of Niger’s 13.4 million inhabitants are facing hunger, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization.