2005 - Updated April 2006
LGVN Humanitarian - Niger
In 2005 thousands had died and more than two million at high risk
of starvation ... In 2006 the catastrophe continues.
In 2006 million people are still at
extremely high risk of starvation in Niger, Mauritania, Mali and
Burkina Faso. Through drought and locust plague, thousands have
The crisis was
widely predicted after poor harvests in 2004. Even though famine
had reached epidemic proportions by around March 2005, it was three
months later that the world began to respond to the severity of
the crisis. Amongst the millions at risk of dying, 800,000 in immediate
danger are children under the age of five.
Disaster Emergency Committee you can help right now by Donating
online or telephoning (UK) 0870 60 60 900
through the Disasters Emergency Commitee
catastrophic misjudgement by the Live 8 concert organisers?
During the Live
8 concerts, it was clear than many people were wondering how to
donate to the source of its message ... the message being to bring
an end to poverty in third world countries, mainly Africa. In fact,
no one could donate via Live 8. Why? Because, unlike the first Live
Aid concert 20 years previously, there were no telephone lines set
up through which viewers could send money. While the Live 8 concerts
were in full swing, the crisis in Niger was peaking to disastrous
proportions ... and completely unpublicized. Millions of dollars
could have been raised on the day that Live 8 rocked almost the
entire planet with its message. Could thousands of lives in Niger
now have been saved?
The questions needs to be asked:
Why did Live 8 not have a charity donation line set up when so many
millions, being freely entertained by the music, would have willingly
Why was the urgent crisis in Niger not brought to the public's attention
through Live 8's publicity? ... being one of the very countries
it pertained to support with its message.
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