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Niger crisis: How to help
A boy suffering from malnutrition in a make shift hospital in Maradi, Niger
Thousands of children are at risk of malnutrition in Niger.
Global aid organisations have launched urgent appeals for donations to help up to 2.5 million people facing starvation the West African state of Niger.

Crops in Niger were badly hit this year by drought and a plague of locusts.

The government has made food supplies available but prices remain too high for many in Niger.

According to the Red Cross, the problem could spread across the region with almost eight million people at risk of hunger in Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

Before the current crisis, 40% of children were in Niger malnourished and the north-west African country had the second highest global mortality rate among children under five.

The Disasters Emergency Committee - www.dec.org.uk - is an umbrella group of UK aid organisations. "DEC members are working together to get urgent supplies of food to those who need it most urgently in Niger," said chief executive Brendan Gormley.

The United Nations World Food Programme - www.wfp.org - is seeking $16 million to provide food aid in Niger.

Islamic Relief - www.islamic-relief.com - is providing emergency food and medical aid to Niger's people.

The United Nations Children's Fund, Unicef - www.unicef.org - is seeking to help the 200,000 children it has identified as suffering from under-nutrition.

You can donate to all the campaigns via their websites.

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