April 11, 2013
The west African country of Niger has a history of chronic food shortages, but its president has established a broad-based program to address the nation’s hunger problem. From IRIN News.
February 8, 2013
Caritas Internationalis, of which Catholic Relief Services is a member, partners with CRS to assist people who have fled the ongoing violence in Mali in recent months. Caritas describes the work they’re doing in Niger to assist Malian refugees.
January 30, 2013
Journalist John Feister, Editor in Chief of St. Anthony Messenger magazine, writes about his experience visiting CRS programs in Niger and Burkina Faso.
January 29, 2013
With no end in sight to the conflict in Mali, Catholic Relief Services continues to meet the needs of those displaced inside the country as well as refugees who fled across the border.
January 18, 2013
Journalist J.D. Long-Garcia describes how women’s financial savings groups help low-income families in western Africa deal with poverty and drought. Following are excerpts from The Catholic Sun: TOLOBOYE, Niger — Saâdi Zakari is a single mom. Her husband left their village two years ago, looking for work in neighboring Nigeria and has yet to return. [...]
October 15, 2012
Journalist J.D. Long-Garcia, editor of the Catholic Sun, is on a CRS-sponsored trip to Niger and Burkina Faso as an award winner in the Egan Award for Journalistic Excellence competition. His blog piece is cross-posted from the Catholic Sun. In West Africa with Catholic Relief Services Last night’s dinner, in many ways, helped me appreciate that [...]
September 17, 2012
CRS staffer Caroline Anderson is from a small town north of San Diego, CA. Her hometown newspaper, the Ramona Sentinel, recently interviewed her in its series on what Ramona High School graduates are doing with their lives today. After working in Cameroon with the Peace Corps, she returned to the U.S. and earned a master’s [...]
September 14, 2012
Extremely heavy rainfall in August caused flooding all over Niger, swelling the Niger River to its highest level in a century and destroying many villages along its border. Tens of thousands of homes have collapsed, infrastructure and businesses have been damaged, and crops destroyed. “The floods have come on the heels of a devastating drought [...]
July 6, 2012
More than 18 million people in West Africa’s Sahel region don’t have enough food. A bad harvest last year and high food prices have caused a widespread food crisis across Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Chad, Senegal, parts of Nigeria and Gambia. Caritas has been warning since the start of the year that urgent action needed to [...]
June 12, 2012
Catholic News Service reports on the ongoing food crisis in the Sahel: WASHINGTON — Millions of people in West Africa’s region face severe food shortages that could be catastrophic if international aid falls short in the coming weeks, according to representatives of Catholic and other humanitarian organizations. “The crisis is already here. People are already [...]