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Migration event report

Category: Migration
Observation: 27.04.2010
Continent: Africa
Country: Niger
State:
Area: Sahel Region
Location:
Severity: Hight
Event details
The UN's food agency has increased aid to Niger, with thousands of people desperate to eke an existence from parched farmland in western Africa's Sahel region. Ten million people are facing hunger in the region which has been hit extremely hard by the drought. The severe water shortages laid waste to crops last year. Thousands of people have already left to flock into Maradi, the main city in south central Niger on the southern rim of the Sahara desert. Many people who are too old or too young have been unable to leave. Crisis talks have been going on between the UN and leaders of Niger's transitional government over the shortfall in money for an emergency appeal issued for Niger by the United Nations. The UN World Food Programme has announced it will double the number of hungry people it feeds in Niger.
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