Niger: Boko Haram refugees worsen food crisis

| March 30, 2015

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Niger is one of the world’s most economically disadvantaged countries, and has recently suffered from repeated poor harvests. The country is facing a large food deficit. According to Niger’s Prime Minister, the nation is struggling to feed its own people.

The country’s food crisis could be worsened this year by tens of thousands of Nigerian refugees who have fled Boko Haram.

Prime Minister Brigi Rafini says, “The state does not have enough resources to handle this situation, and that’s why we need help.”

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that over three million people in the country face food insecurity.

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Photo: As families fled their home in north-east Nigeria in fear of the militant group Boko Haram, they sought refuge in local communities across the border in Niger. Most are desperate for food as their host communities don’t always have enough for themselves. Credit: OCHA/Franck Kuwonu