Photo: Azahara is a refugee from Mali. She fled with her three children after bandits raided their village. All she could carry was the sheet she now uses to shelter her family. The large influx of refugees from Mali is intensifying the food crisis in Niger.
Photo: Nigerien villagers line up to collect food from a Plan-funded cereal bank in Tillaberi District. “Now we all depend on the cereal bank,” says the village chief. “The families here go and make money and then buy millet from the cereal bank. Normally we do not open it until June when the lean period starts. But this time round we have opened it because we cannot leave it closed while the villagers are suffering due to food shortage.”
Photo: A woman pours millet into a bowl at a Plan-funded cereal bank in Tillaberi District, Niger.
Photo: Halima’s eldest son shows the millet residue that the family must eat to survive."I always cook the residue in the evening so the children don't wake up hungry in the night,” says Halima. “I'm scared that we won't have enough food and we'll have to just eat millet residue and that one of my children will die."
Photo: Schoolgirls show off their crop of potatoes harvested from a Plan-funded school garden in Tillaberi District, Niger. Plan provided the fence, fertilizer, seeds, the water pump and training on gardening. They are now expecting 400kg of produce from the garden.
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A woman pours millet into a bowl at a Plan-funded cereal bank in Tillaberi District, Niger.