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Published June 2005 - Updated April 2006
LGVN Humanitarian - Niger

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 already died.

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.

Through the Disaster Emergency Committee you can help right now by Donating online or telephoning (UK) 0870 60 60 900
Donate through the Disasters Emergency Commitee


Looking-Glass says:

Surely a 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 given?
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.

Also read: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4735183.stm

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