Save the Children has been working in Niger since 2005 in response to the hunger crisis, and is launching an appeal for $10 million dollars so it can urgently scale-up its work and provide more families with life-saving food and medical treatment.
378,000 children under five are at risk of suffering from severe malnutrition and 1,2000,000 from moderate malnutrition if the humanitarian response is not both quick and substantial. More than half of the population (7.8 million) are in need of emergency assistance.
Pictured below are Maryam, age 35, and her two-year-old daughter Hadizat who suffers from severe anemia. Maryam has just recovered from an operation and is still paying the loan she had to take out in order to afford her health fees. Despite her weakness, she is helping her husband on the farm with the hope that the yield will give them the chance to make money and afford their daughter's health fees.