Niger

In Mali and Niger, communities are working to escape the constraints of their environment

February 10, 2016
by 
Stéphane Vinhas, Program Officer – Emergency Relief

In January 2016, my colleague Ann Dominique and I had the opportunity to go on a project monitoring trip to the Sahel, more specifically to Mali and Niger.

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Au Mali et au Niger, les communautés tentent de s’affranchir des contraintes de leur environnement

February 10, 2016
by 
Stéphane Vinhas, Chargé de programmes – Secours d’urgence

Au mois de janvier 2016, ma collègue Ann Dominique et moi-même avons eu la chance de nous rendre au Sahel, plus particulièrement au Mali et au Niger, afin de faire le suivi des projets mis en œuvre par Développement et Paix.

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In Niger, an ocher landscape tinged with green in the middle of the Sahel

August 12, 2014
by 
Stéphane Vinhas

We are travelling down a paved road in western Niger, on our way to the village of Garbay Tombo, which is participating in a project being spearheaded by Caritas Niamey. The horizon is ocher, dotted with greenery. There are trees scattered here and there and shoots of millet struggling to emerge from the ground, hampered in their efforts by the absence of regular rainfall. On the side of the road, a herd of magnificently horned cattle are lumbering along slowly, laboriously, in the sweltering heat. They head to a muddy water hole where they can slake their thirst.

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Many remain vulnerable to hunger in the Sahel

July 9, 2014
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
Domo Damani and her granddaughter trek home after visiting a Caritas centre in Niger

Two years after the serious humanitarian crisis that affected 16 million people in the Sahel region of West Africa, Development and Peace remains on alert. In 2013, the situation improved slightly, but the harvest was still not plentiful enough to fill the gaps, and the ongoing conflict in Mali continued to destabilize the population. Thousands of vulnerable families are still confronted with hunger and growing poverty.

Bring A New Leaf to your home town!

June 5, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

A few months ago, we had the pleasure of premiering Salt+Light’s documentary A New Leaf, about the food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa in several cities across Canada. These premiere events brought out hundreds of people who wanted to learn more about this little known part of the world and how as Canadians we can make a difference. In only a mere 30 minutes, audience members felt a connected solidarity with those whose stories spanned across the screen.

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Don't Miss A New Leaf!

March 8, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer
Image from the new documentary A New Leaf

Last week, Development and Peace sponsored a series of premieres of the new Salt and Light documentary A New Leaf, which features the response of Development and Peace to the food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa, in five Canadian cities across the country.

A New Leaf: A timely reminder that a crisis does not just disappear

February 27, 2013
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

This summer, I travelled to Niger and Mali to report on the food crisis that was gripping the Sahel region of West Africa, as well as the impact that political instability in Mali was having on the population. Accompanying me for the Niger part, was a crew from Salt and Light Television, who we had invited to come to document how the population was coping and our response. Together, we visited villages where the threat of hunger was a daily struggle. We also visited a refugee camp for Malians fleeing the violence in their own country. We could see the despondency of the people in the camp, having been completely uprooted from their homes and without any real idea as to when they would be able to return, if ever. It was a journey of discovery for all of us, and I was anxious to see how this story would be told in the documentary.

Mali: growing number of refugees in neighbouring countries

January 30, 2013
by 
Khoudia Ndiaye, Communications Officer
The refugees are arriving in one of the most arid parts of Burkina Faso. They’ve arrived with nothing. They need food, shelter, medical care and fuel. Photo: Simone Stefanelli/Caritas

According to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, more than 7,500 Malians have fled their country in the last two weeks. The intensification of fighting has compelled entire families, some of them in car or truck, others on foot or on the backs of donkeys, to seek refuge in neighbouring countries (mainly in Niger, Burkina Faso and Mauritania).

New video on food crisis in the Sahel

August 31, 2012
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

Over 18 million people are suffering from food shortages in the Sahel region of West Africa and Development and Peace is helping. To learn more about our response with our partners in the region, watch On the Brink: Hunger in the Sahel, a new video produced in collaboration with Salt+Light TV.

Trying to understand a food crisis

August 7, 2012
by 
Kelly Di Domenico, Communications Officer

One of the main questions I had when I left for Niger, was why the country has been experiencing food crises more frequently. After a near famine in 2005, serious peaks in food insecurity have occurred in 2008, 2010 and now 2012. Professor Alpha Gado, a specialist in food crises in the Sahel at the University of Niamey, helped me to understand the complexities of a food crisis in a country like Niger.