West Africa emergency appeal

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West Africa emergency appeal

More than one million children are critically malnourished in the Sahel region of west Africa. Harvests have failed and food prices have soared making food very scarce. Niger is one of the countries worst hit by these food shortages and appalling droughts.

Sahel food crisis

We are responding in some of the worst-hit areas in Niger and Chad, but more help is urgently needed. Many families have resorted to eating wild plants just to stay alive.

Our charity work

We are working with local health centres to ensure they have the capacity to diagnose and treat children for malnutrition. We are also working with 3,018 people in Tahoua, Niger, to ensure the land is prepared for the next agricultural season. 

Barely surviving

Saminou Yacoubou (pictured) is 29 months old and severely malnourished. Saminou’s family live in Tahoua, Niger. They are surviving on just two small bowls of millet porridge a day. This isn’t enough to keep one person healthy, let alone a family. 

Severe malnutrition

Recently, Saminou developed marasmus – a severe form of malnutrition that wastes muscle, stunts growth and causes skin to shrivel and peel. His mother, Aicha, said: 

I couldn’t even touch him because his skin was detaching from his body the moment I tried to hold him.

Aicha brought him to one of our health centres – just in time. There, he received the emergency food that almost certainly saved his life.

You can help

Your donation will help save the lives of vulnerable children like Saminou by providing essential food. This emergency food saved lives in east Africa last summer. With your support, it can save lives in west Africa too.   

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Latest report

The video below shows footage from Concern’s feeding centres that was shown on RTE’s recent report.