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05 Apr 2012 description
report Mail and Guardian

WILLIAM LLOYD-GEORGE IN NIGER

It was the middle of the day when Tabisou (72) suddenly saw people from her town, Anderamboukane, fleeing for their lives. Her family had no time to pack their things: the fighting had already begun.

"Everything I worked for over my whole life was lost just like that," said Tabisou, sitting in a United Nations High Commission for Refugees tent at Abala refugee camp, 85km from the Mali-Niger border. "We had to leave all our animals and food."

11 Feb 2012 description
report Mail and Guardian

Fran Blandy DAKAR, Senegal

Sahel states are bracing for a long, potentially deadly hungry season, many weakened by the return of people from Libya who are unemployed, armed and creating fresh strife in already-vulnerable countries.

Crops have failed across a massive swathe of eight countries after late and erratic rains in 2011, and aid agencies have raised the alarm of a food crisis bigger than that which left millions hungry in 2010.

20 Sep 2007 description
report Mail and Guardian

The small plane banks steeply to the east and the extent of the floods in the low-lying Teso region of Uganda become clear: kilometre upon kilometre of low-lying pasture land submerged, tens of thousands of hectares of staple crops like cassava, millet and groundnuts waterlogged. There are impassable roads, overflowing rivers, stranded cattle and devastated bridges.