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July 21, 2005
Can You Spare A Dime?

Children Begin Starving in Niger as Aid Too Slow, Warnings Ignored

Children are dying every day in feeding centers throughout Niger, aid officials say, as appeals for food aid from the UN's World Food Programme were ignored in November and again in May. UN officials say they formulated a preventive strategy, but did not receive enough funding to implement it in time.

If the USofA can afford a billion dollars a week to kill people in Iraq, surely we can afford to kick in a little extra to keep children from dying in Niger? Who should have provided funds? Did someone promise, and not deliver?

As of today, the UN agency has only received a contribution from Sweden of $650 000 to provide cereal and pulse seeds for the rainy season, and animal fodder and vegetable seeds for the dry season starting in October. Seed distributions from this initial donation are currently ongoing.

This makes it sound as though only Sweden has actually done anything? Say it isn't so.

Posted by AnneZook at 08:48 AM


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