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Bleak images of hunger fill a trip into Niger

Across the Sahel of West Africa, 10 million people are facing an acute food crisis. It’s now the middle of the “hunger gap” season, the difficult months, as families wait for the next harvest in September and October. Things will get more difficult day by day.

First Person blog

Hunger in the Sahel

Drought across the Sahel has triggered the crisis, robbing farmers of healthy harvests and shrinking the pasture on which herders depend to feed their livestock. Chad, Mali, and Niger are the worst hit.