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Surge of Hunger in Niger Proves Lethal to Children

The tiny braids woven into the hair of 2-year-old Ummira Idi bear the unmistakable burnt-orange hue of chronic hunger. It is a color her mother, Hassou Idi, knows all too well. Idi, who appears to be about 30 and has ceremonial scars slashed across each cheek like cat’s whiskers, has given birth to six children over the past decade. Four of them have died — all, she believes, from malnutrition. “This one,” said Idi as she cradled her limp daughter in her arms at an internationally run feeding center, “we are praying to God that she will live.”Full Story

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