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In pictures: Hunger stalks Niger
About six million people at risk as food crisis worsens in the Sahel region hit by poor harvests.
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2012 12:53

It is nearing the end of the lean season in Niger, and Tini Kane's food reserves have almost run out. Fifty years old and widowed three times, Tini is responsible for feeding 23 members of her family. She says she can't find a job and has had to sell her goats to cope with the bad harvests of both this year and the last. She often goes hungry and her grandchildren suffer from malnutrition. “The misery of Niger is famine,” she exclaims.

Similar exasperation is shared by millions of others in a region caught up in a humanitarian disaster.

The food crisis currently afflicting an estimated 18 million in Niger, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal, and other countries across the Sahel has roots in a multitude of economic, environmental, social, and political factors. Desertification and climate change, as well as pest infestations, volatile rains, and long periods of drought have led to years of crop failures and poor harvests in the region. 

Four million children are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition, with at least one million at risk of developing severe acute malnutrition. 

In Niger, population growth, high fuel costs, and the rising price of staple foods coupled with chronic poverty and a lack of basic healthcare, sanitation, and education have placed more than six million at risk of going hungry in a country with a population of approximately 15.5 million.

With roughly 80 per cent of its land covered by the Sahara Desert, Niger is facing a cereal deficit of more than 500,000 metric tonnes. Malnourishment, which was already high, is on the rise. 

The conflict in Northern Mali has put further strain on food shortages and insecurity in the region. More than 430,000 people have fled Mali and sought refuge in bordering countries, with as many as 50,000 fleeing to Niger alone.

There is also a fundamental lack of protection against erratic rises in food prices.

Many families like Tini's have resorted to selling their livestock, often far below market prices, in order to pay for food on a daily basis.

Desperate times, after all, necessitates desperate measures. 

But yet, the battle against hunger is seemingly being lost. Non-governmental agencies have stepped in but the deficit remains to be bridged. Meanwhile, queues of emaciated mothers and rickety children are getting longer at relief camps. 


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A farmer examines grain that has gone bad on his land in the southern town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
A boy carries a sack of grain on his head in Guidan Roumdji.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
The market in Guidan Roumdji bustles as vendors sell grain imported from Nigeria and animals are sold below market price.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
Camels are sold for half of their normal market price at Guidan Roumdji.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
A vendor sells grain imported from Nigeria. Because harvests in Niger have been poor, most of the food sold at the market has been imported from Nigeria and are sold at higher prices than local stock. 


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
Tini Kane, 50 years old, prepares food for her family. Kane says she is responsible for feeding 23 of her family members.


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A young girl is served a meagre amount of food to bring back to her family. Six million of Niger's approximately 15.5 million people are at risk of going hungry.


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Ramatou Sahiou, 21, stands next to the tent where her baby has been admitted for severe malnutrition at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre in the town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger. MSF has had to set up tents to accommodate the overwhelming number of patients who arrive each day, many of whom suffer from malaria, malnutrition, respiratory infections, and diarrhoea.  


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A baby suffering from severe malnutrition lies on a bed at the MSF intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre.


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Two-year-old Nasser lies on a bed with his mother at the MSF centre.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
Women and their babies wait for their first medical consultation at the MSF centre.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
A nurse administers therapeutic milk formula, as part of the first phase of malnourishment stabilisation at the MSF centre.


Tanya Bindra/Al Jazeera
Women line up to receive dinner for themselves and their babies at the MSF centre.


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Hospital staff distribute food to patients and their mothers at the MSF centre.


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A woman sits with her malnourished child at the MSF centre.



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A farmer examines grains that have gone bad on his land in the southern town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger.

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A farmer examines grains that have gone bad on his land in the southern town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger.

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A boy transports grain on his head in Guidan Roumdji.

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A boy transports grain on his head in Guidan Roumdji.

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The market in Guidan Roumdji bustles as vendors sell grains imported from Nigeria and animals are sold below market price.

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The market in Guidan Roumdji bustles as vendors sell grains imported from Nigeria and animals are sold below market price.

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Camels are sold for sale for half of their normal asking price at the Guidan Roumdji market.

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Camels are sold for sale for half of their normal asking price at the Guidan Roumdji market.

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A market vendor sells grain imported from Nigeria. Because harvests in Niger have been poor, most of the food sold at the market has been imported from Nigeria and are sold at higher prices than local stock. 

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A market vendor sells grain imported from Nigeria. Because harvests in Niger have been poor, most of the food sold at the market has been imported from Nigeria and are sold at higher prices than local stock. 

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Tini Kane, 50 years old, prepares food for her family. Kane says she is responsible for feeding 23 family members in her household

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Tini Kane, 50 years old, prepares food for her family. Kane says she is responsible for feeding 23 family members in her household

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A young girl is served a meagre amount of food to bring back to her family. Six million of Niger's approximately 15.5 million people are at risk of going hungry.

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A young girl is served a meagre amount of food to bring back to her family. Six million of Niger's approximately 15.5 million people are at risk of going hungry.

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Ramatou Sahiou, 21, stands next to the tent where her baby has been admitted to the hospital for severe malnutrition at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) intensive nutritional rehabilitation center in the town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger. MSF has had to set up tents in order to accommodate the overwhelming number of patients that arrive each day, many of whom suffer from malaria, malnutrition, respiratory infections, and diarrhea.  

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Ramatou Sahiou, 21, stands next to the tent where her baby has been admitted to the hospital for severe malnutrition at the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) intensive nutritional rehabilitation center in the town of Guidan Roumdji, Niger. MSF has had to set up tents in order to accommodate the overwhelming number of patients that arrive each day, many of whom suffer from malaria, malnutrition, respiratory infections, and diarrhea.  

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A baby who suffers from severe malnutrition lies on a hospital bed at the MSF intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre.

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A baby who suffers from severe malnutrition lies on a hospital bed at the MSF intensive nutritional rehabilitation centre.

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Nasser, 2 years old, lies on a hospital bed with his mother at the MSF centre.

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Nasser, 2 years old, lies on a hospital bed with his mother at the MSF centre.

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Mothers and their babies wait for their first medical consultation at the MSF centre.

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Mothers and their babies wait for their first medical consultation at the MSF centre.

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A nurse distributes therapeutic milk formula, which comprises the first phase of malnourishment stabilisation at the MSF centre.

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A nurse distributes therapeutic milk formula, which comprises the first phase of malnourishment stabilisation at the MSF centre.

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Mothers line up to receive dinner for themselves and their babies at the MSF centre.

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Mothers line up to receive dinner for themselves and their babies at the MSF centre.

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Hospital staff distribute foods to patients and their mothers at the MSF centre.

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Hospital staff distribute foods to patients and their mothers at the MSF centre.

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A mother sits with her malnourished child at the MSF centre.

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A mother sits with her malnourished child at the MSF centre.



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