Distributions in drought-struck Niger

This year, your waqf donations allowed around 3,000 people in Niger to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha with meat-based meals. The price of meat is high in the region and with a cyclical food crisis, few families can regularly afford to buy meat.

In April 2010, nearly half of Niger’s population was food insecure and seven million people were at risk of malnutrition due to extremely low rainfall. The country experienced a prolonged drought which killed both crops and livestock. Families in the region who depended on their harvest to survive saw their crops wither and perish.

In August, just two months before communities were due to reap the crops that survived the drought, flash floods swept across the Sahel, inundating tens of thousands of Nigerien families. Over 200,000 people were made homeless.

Over three-quarters of the population in Niger relies on agricultural produce and livestock to make ends meet. Tens of thousands of animals died during the floods and thousands of hectares of farmland were destroyed and the agricultural yield was crushed.

Case Study

Issoufou’s Story

Issoufou is a farmer. When he used to work for a textile company he fell ill and now he is unable to do physical jobs.

The 61 years old, father of seven explained that he rarely has enough food to feed his family because of the cyclical food problems in Niger. “The food crises happen because of poor crop yields, a lack of farming tools, and general poverty in our community.”

I feel frustrated because I can’t always get food for my children,” explains Issoufou, “but what can I do?”

“I grow vegetables, despite my disability, and in the rainy season, I harvest millet, which I can then exchange for other basics that my family needs.

“On Eid day, after prayers, I visit my relatives and neighbors. We rarely eat meat, because it is so expensive, so I can’t afford to do my own Qurbani. I rely on my family and friends sharing theirs with me, otherwise, my children have to go begging.”

In 2010, Issoufou and his family received a Qurbani meat package for the first time. “Qurbani meat is very useful to my family- see how happy my children are today because they have enough meat? They don’t need to beg today.”

Issoufou hopes that his eldest son will be able to study in order to get a better job. “I need assistance to help my children and improve their welfare so that they will not have to live as I do.”

“I’m thankful to Islamic Relief’s supporters, may Allah reward them all and increase their welfare.”

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