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Niger: ICRC distributes aid to communities affected by drought

19-03-2010 News Release 10/43

Niamey (ICRC) – In the last few days, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has completed a distribution of food and household items to over 10,000 displaced persons and local residents who have been affected by inter-community violence in the departments of Ouallam and Filingue, in the Tillabéri region of western Niger.

The distribution was carried out in cooperation with the Red Cross Society of Niger and the authorities.

Climatic and ecological factors in the region have placed additional pressure on resources, fuelling violence and suspicion among communities. For farmers and cattle breeders, this has had a direct and serious impact on their way of life and food reserves. They have limited access to water sources and markets, less land to cultivate, and their access to economic resources in general has been reduced.

Frédéric Dumont, ICRC economic security delegate, explained that “this distribution is aimed at those families who have been affected by the restrictions on movement resulting from the unrest, who are also experiencing a particularly difficult agro-pastoralist season because of the rainfall. "

In the months to come, the ICRC will monitor and assess the situation as it develops to determine the kind of follow-up support that is needed.

The ICRC is an impartial, neutral and independent organization, whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect and assist the victims of armed conflict and other situations of violence. The organization's regional delegation in Niamey covers Niger and Mali through its offices in Niamey, Agadez, Bamako and Gao.

 
For further information, please contact:
  Ziad Abu Laban and Saadatou M. Barmou, ICRC Niamey, tel: + 227 97 45 43 82 or + 227 96 59 20 98
  Marçal Izard, ICRC Geneva, tel: +41 22 730 2458 or + 41 79 217 3224