Africare News In Brief

 

Africare and UNHCR tackle a humanitarian crisis in Niger

March 22nd, 2012

Mali- Fierce fighting between government forces and Tuareg rebels has so far forced more than 80,000 Malians to flee across the borders in the hope of finding safety in Niger and other nearby countries. Africare working with United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) has sprung into action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In recent weeks, humanitarian aid has started to flow, flights carrying vital relief aide has been arriving in Niger, UNHCR and Africare are on the ground providing shelter, food rations and survival kits for the thousands flooding into Niger. Adding to the crisis is the fact that the region was already facing a severe food crisis due to several years of drought.

Niger is in many respects the birthplace of Africare. In early 1970s, Africans and Americans organized under the Africare name to provide humanitarian relief during the Sahelian drought of the early 1970s. Since then Africare has grown to become a leader in aid to Africa ― pioneering various types of self-help development programs and noted for its close, collegial partnerships with the people and leaders of Africa.