GOAL has called on the Irish Government to exert maximum pressure on the international community to ensure that massive quantities of food are rushed to Niger.
In a statement John O'Shea, GOAL's CEO, said: "This is all about urgency. If the food doesn't flow now we are looking at another preventable famine. There can be no excuses. Major governments must accept responsibility and not pass the buck to the United Nations and other agencies. Ireland can and should let our friends at the top table know of our deep concern."
Close to four million people are in danger of dying from starvation due to a locust plague followed by a serious drought which has destroyed crops throughout this impoverished country, the second poorest on the planet.
GOAL is also appealing for experienced doctors, midwives, nurses and project managers, especially those with a knowledge of French to contact them on +353-1-2809779.