Niger: Behind the Headlines

A guide to the facts on the ground behind the images of famine

The crisis in Niger, 600 miles west of Sudan, has captured the attention of media and aid groups, which warn of a possible famine. But several other African nations face conditions that are just as dire. A guide to the facts behind the images:

How bad is Niger's food shortage?

The U.N. World Food Program (WFP) says 2.5 million people in Niger (pop. 11.7 million) need urgent food aid at least until the next crops can be harvested, in two or three months. But even though the U.S. thought the problem severe enough to airlift tons of high-nutrient food to...

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