"Niger Is In The Eye Of The Climate Crisis – And Children Are Starving"

"Aguié’s clinic is full of malnourished children, with more dying in villages, as the global food crisis worsens years of drought"

"The food is all finished and until the rains come no planting can be done in southern Niger.

Three-month-old twins Hassan and Husseina are in intensive-care beds at a clinic in Aguié, watched over by their mother, Hadjara Hamissou. They were admitted a few days ago, their frail bodies wasted by hunger. Each weighs under 2kg (4lb, 4oz), less than half the healthy weight for their age.

“I carried them here on foot,” says Hamissou. “At home in our village, it is a very desperate situation. The rainy season has not started so we cannot plant, and we have finished all our food. Everyone is suffering.”

More than a dozen other malnourished children are clinging to life in the unit, while behind a screen a medical team attempt to resuscitate a 20-month-old boy."

Fred Harter reports for the Guardian June 20, 2022.

Source: Guardian, 06/22/2022