As food crisis looms, Darin’s education is lost

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Darin starts work around midmorning and carries on until late in the afternoon, washing dishes and fetching water. When the customers stop coming, Darin helps her boss fold the table and pack up the pots, bowls and cutlery. Then they head home.

“I am trying to help,” explains Mariam, the woman who owns a small food stall in Niamey, the capital of Niger. “I hired her [Darin] after her aunt asked me whether I needed someone to help with chores. She has been with me for the last two months.”

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