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GOAL are airlifting 40 metric tonnes of Corn Soya Blend emergency food to arrive in Niamey, the capital of Niger this Saturday morning for immediate distribution to malnourished children under five in the Filingue and Goure regions of the famine stricken state.
GOAL's experienced emergency team in Niger are responding to the urgent health and nutrition needs of the affected poulation. More than 3.6 million people are facing severe food shortages and GOAL's food and medical programme will include targeting the 150,000 severely malnourished children who are at immediate risk. The west african state of Niger is the second poorest country in the world where one in four children under the age of five die each year from chronic poverty and this catastrophe will only serve to exacerbate an already devastating situation.