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Christians in Niger need urgent aid; reduced to eating leaves and begging

Project(s): 38-568

Country/Region: Africa, Niger, Middle East and North Africa

Over 1,000 Christians in a famine-stricken village in Niger are in urgent need of aid; they are resorting to eating boiled leaves, while some of the young people have been forced to beg for food elsewhere.

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There are 376 children aged under 13
in the Christian village of Tasha Ibrahim

The remote, entirely Christian village of Tasha Ibrahim has been hit extremely hard by the food crisis that has engulfed the Sahel region, affecting 18 million people. Crop shortages as a result of drought have caused food prices to soar; many people can neither grow nor afford to buy food.

A village elder told a visiting Barnabas Aid staff member last week that 2012 was turning out to be the worst year for famine that Tasha Ibrahim had ever experienced.

No one has had a proper meal in months, and they are resorting to eating leaves from the trees, boiled with a small amount of salt to give some flavour.

The village has two 87-metre-deep wells, one of which has ran completely dry, while the other is not providing sufficient supplies to meet demand.

A number of families who had the resources to do so have left for Northern Nigeria, while some of the young people have been forced to go to the economic capital Maradi and other towns to beg for food.

The village has a population of 1016, which includes 376 children under the age of 13.

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Children in the Christian village of
Tasha Ibrahim receiving bread

Niger is prone to drought and consequently suffers regular food shortages. Barnabas Aid began helping Christians in the country following the major food crisis of 2005-06 and has continued to provide famine relief for thousands of hungry Christian families, including those in Tasha Ibrahim, as the need has arisen.

We have also sought to address the causes of hunger by providing funding for water wells and an irrigation scheme, as well as helping Nigerien Christians to become more self-sufficient through the provision of livestock.

Alongside such practical support, Barnabas Aid has also been encouraging spiritual growth in Niger; we have, for example, provided Bibles, supported a Bible School in the capital Niamey, and funded the completion of a church building.

In addition to the dire shortage of food, Christians in Niger are increasingly vulnerable as a result of the presence and activities of al-Qaeda linked separatist rebels in the country, especially in the desert areas of the north. It is feared that Islamist aggression in neighbouring countries Mali, where Islamists have taken over the north, and Nigeria, where Boko Haram continues its violent anti-Christian campaign, may spill over into Niger. Such is the perceived threat level to Christians in Niger that the vast majority of the larger churches in Niamey were protected by a heavy police presence over Christmas and New Year – a period when Christians in minority contexts are particularly vulnerable to attack. A typical example was the Baptist church in the centre of the capital where an armed policeman guarded the preacher in the pulpit with another ten officers among the congregation and two at the entrance, as well as a patrol car outside.

Maxwell Jardim, a Barnabas Aid projects coordinator who visited Niger last week, said:

It was desperately sad to see dear Christian brothers and sisters in such a critical state, reduced to eating leaves from the trees and begging for food. Although other parts of the country are suffering as a result of the latest food crisis, Tasha Ibrahim was by far the worst-affected place that I visited. The Christian residents once again need our prayers and practical support.

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If you would like to help Christians in Niger, please send a donation to West Africa – famine relief (38-568). using our secure server.

If you prefer to telephone, dial: 0800 587 4006 from within the UK or +44 1672 565031 from outside the UK. Please quote project reference West Africa – famine relief (38-568).

If you prefer to send a cheque by post: Click this link for the address of our regional office. Please quote project reference West Africa – famine relief (38-568).

For a quick donation of £3.00 by SMS (see terms and conditions here) text Barnabas/568 to 70007 (Please note: This facility is presently only available to UK supporters).

Please Pray:
  • For all those affected by the food crisis in the Sahel region; pray that aid will reach those in need and that long-term solutions to the problem will be found.
  • For the Christian residents of Tasha Ibrahim; pray that they will not grow weary and will be able to trust in the Lord to provide for all their needs.
  • Thank God that the Nigerien authorities are deploying resources to keep the Islamist threat in check. Pray that their efforts will continue to be effective and that Christians will be protected from harm.
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