Call to action: Niger needs our help

"Pounding millet in the village of Boukanda, 50km west of Niamey, capital of Niger." photo and caption from the IRIN.

According to IRIN, nearly half of Niger’s population does not have enough food to eat, and they would like to alert the international community about this in the hopes that we can help!

“The government says it needs 3.8 million tons of cereals to feed six million people spread across 6,981 villages, equating to 49.4 percent of the affected zones,” according to the IRIN.

The people of Niger are in need of help people of a drought that has left crops barren and has left the country with a grain shortage of 692,501 ton, according to the IRIN.

The president of Niger alerted the international community early (in Aug 2011) because it knew it was going to have a large harvest deficit this season.

Accordingly, the UN has launched a Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) for $229 million to provide humanitarian aid and help the men, women and children of Niger.

Please help out this country in need! I understand that there are quite a few countries facing hunger and famine, but they ALL need our help! We cannot abandon them. So please do your part and help save a life!


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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