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sintax Donating Member (891 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:08 AM
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Niger Famine Crisis 'at 11th Hour' (Troubling Image)
Edited on Wed Jul-20-05 07:09 AM by sintax
Niger famine crisis 'at 11th hour'

James Sturcke
Wednesday July 20, 2005


A child suffering from severe malnutrition is treated at the Mdecins Sans Frontières centre in Maradi, Niger. Photograph: Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty


Western countries were today accused of failing to deliver on aid promises as famine in Niger put the lives of 2.5 million people, including 800,000 children, at risk.

Food supplies, already low after a drought and locust plague swept through the west African country last year, had reached critical level, aid agencies said. The world's second least developed country was suffering "an acute humanitarian crisis", the United Nations said.

Amid a surge in the number of children dying from malnutrition and people arriving at food centres, aid organisations warned there was a gulf between the pledges of political leaders and the amount of support arriving on the ground.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/famine/story/0,12128,1532354,...
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:44 AM
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1. It seems like the only interest we have in Niger is using it to lie about
Iraq, in order to slaughter over 100,000 Iraqis and take over their oil fields. What a sad pass American has come to!

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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:08 AM
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2. Cheney says let them eat cake
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OhioBlue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 07:05 PM
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3. I saw this story earlier on my local news
I e-mailed my congressman and 2 senators. They're all repugs tho - It would be nice if the Dem's would take leadership on this and get a resolution before the August recess.
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