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Niger:ICRC provides food for over 27,000 people in Tillabéry

24-06-2011 News Release 11/143

Niamey (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has distributed millet to over 27,000 people living in three towns in the Tillabéry area of south-western Niger.

The operation was completed today.

"The conditions in which these people are living have deteriorated considerably following crop failures and outbreaks of inter-community violence", said Jürg Eglin, head of the ICRC delegation in Niamey. "In northern Tillabéry, the millet crop has been blighted by caterpillars. There has also been very little rain. Millet is the staple food in the area and the poor harvests are a heavy blow for communities already weakened by the 2010 food crisis."

The distribution began on 14 June with support from local Red Cross volunteers. It will provide thousands of families with enough food to last them till August. Most beneficiaries also received millet seed.  

In April, the ICRC financed a community project in the same region to seed 40 hectares of poor-quality soil. Two thousand people will benefit directly from this initiative.

The ICRC, a neutral and impartial humanitarian organization, has been working in the Tillabéry area since 2009. It operates in close conjunction with the Red Cross Society of Niger, which recently built new premises funded by the ICRC.    

For further information, please contact:
Germain Mwehu, ICRC Niamey, tel. +227 97 45 43 82