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Malian women cooking near their makeshift shelters in the village of Sinégodar, Niger. Many refugees have fled to Niger as a result of the West African food crisis.
St Augustine Health Centre, Niamey, Niger, treats about 200 people – mostly small children – for malnutrition each week. It normally takes just 21 days to cure a severely malnourished child.
Makeshift shelters made with sticks, blankets and plastic sheeting are the only means of shade or warmth for many of the Malian refugees who have fled the West African food crisis situation in Niger.
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Women carrying home water in Miel, Abala district, Niger, where the Caritas network is helping improve village wells that now must serve Malian refugees as well as local people affected by the Sahel crisis.
Women tend to vegetables in the village of Batamar, Senegal. The Caritas network has supported the development of market gardens to promote food security.
Trench latrines being built as short-term toilets for Malian refugees in Niger to address emergency health and sanitation needs.
In Mali, the Caritas network is supporting the construction and repair of dams and water storage facilities through a 'Food-for-Work' program to help people through the food crisis in West Africa.
A Malian refugee receiving her hygiene kit in Kizamou, Abala district, Niger. The Caritas network is distributing hygiene kits to thousands of families affected by the West African 2012 crisis.
A Malian refugee family near the Mali-Niger border receives hygiene kits distributed by the Caritas network to help in the West Africa food crisis.
“There are some times when the children hold me and say grandma, we need to eat. I don’t have anything. When the children say “I’m hungry, please give me some food,” my heart will be beating and I will be in trouble. Even when the rain starts falling, it will take another three months before the harvest. I have seven months in the darkness. I am afraid of the future.” - Mintou Gani, Niger
Nick Harrop, CAFOD
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