Rouen donates EUR 100,000 for Niger food crisis

5th August 2005, Comments 0 comments

ROUEN, France, Aug 5 (AFP) - The western French city of Rouen announced Friday it was donating EUR 100,000 to help children suffering from a food crisis in Niger.

ROUEN, France, Aug 5 (AFP) - The western French city of Rouen announced Friday it was donating EUR 100,000 to help children suffering from a food crisis in Niger.

The sum will be given to a non-governmental organisation working in the vast northwest African country, the municipality said in a statement.

There are no official figures for the number of dead in Niger, but the United Nations estimates that 3.5 million of the country's 12 million inhabitants are threatened by famine brought on by drought.

About 800,000 children are concerned, of whom 150,000 are suffering from serious malnutrition.

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation this month renewed an appeal for USD 4 million (EUR 3.2 million) in emergency aid to buy livestock feed and crop seeds for Niger.

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