Our Take: More than one million children are in imminent danger of starvation in West Africa, and it is projected that there are only four weeks left to help them before much of the area becomes inaccessible due to environmental conditions. It might be time to reexamine the use of international aid, as Greece received a hundred times more from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) than Niger during the last few years. Rohit Kachroo of NBC News in Niger reports:
Across western Africa, communities are caught between climate change, conflict and poverty — yet the global economic crisis means international priorities lie elsewhere.
"What you're looking at are communities across wide areas that need assistance because, despite best efforts, they have been pushed off their ability to cope," said Martin Dawes, regional spokesman for UNICEF.
The months ahead are crucial here, amid grim warnings about more dry weather, even an influx of locusts. The world has been warned.
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