Urgent Reminders from Niger

May 7, 2010

"According to humanitarian agency Action Against Hunger, the government estimated that nearly one million children are moderately malnourished and another 200,000 have severe acute malnutrition, a life-threatening condition. Even if those children survive, their physical and mental development will likely be as stunted as the nation’s. The government assessment showed that, at the beginning of the year, household foodstocks had already been depleted for about 20% of the population. It estimated some 7.8 million people (more than half the nation’s population) will be forced to cope without food reserves for at least six months before the October harvest."