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Story Publication logo September 15, 2009

African Famines Examined

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Twenty-five years ago Abdullahi Tijjani had a vision for Kuki, a village in the north of Nigeria he...

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Herder with cattle in a cotton field in Katsina State in December, 2008. Image by Fred de Sam Lazaro. Nigeria, 2008.

Famines often occur during times of drought, but their causes go much deeper than a lack of rain. With East Africa now facing widespread hunger, we look back at a major food crisis that struck the Western African nation of Niger in 2005. Reporter David Hecht examines the roots of that crisis and finds some of them stretching across Niger's border, to the neighboring country of Nigeria.

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