Communiqués de Presse

25 Oct 2011
How rapid coordination saved lives during the flooding of Imbelbellou

On the night of 28 June, a heavy downpour almost swallowed Imbelbellou – a village of 7000 inhabitants in a precarious valley in the Maradi region of southern Niger.

Maradi is Niger’s most populous region, and the country’s breadbasket, but is prone to natural disasters and vulnerable to epidemics.

The day after the downpour, the people of Imbelbellou were scared. The future of their village hung in the balance.

Realizing he had no time to waste, the...

24 Jul 2011
Returnees in Niger supported with $3.7 million from the CERF

07 June 2011: More than $3.7 million was allocated from the CERF in June to allow United Nations agencies to respond to the humanitarian needs of people in Niger who had fled the crisis in Libya. Events in Libya to the north forced tens of thousands of people to flee suddenly back across the border to Niger, including not only Nigeriens but also third country nationals. By the end of April more than 66,000 people had made the over-land journey and many were in need of...

27 May 2011
United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos Statement at Member States Briefing on Western Sahel

Thank you for coming to this briefing on the Sahel. I am joined on the podium by my colleague UNDP Administrator Helen Clark.

Last July, we faced a food crisis that affected 10 million people, and when I visited Niger in October I saw how the national and international relief effort had helped avert a much worse situation.

Until...

16 Oct 2010
NIGER: UNITED NATIONS HUMANITARIAN CHIEF CALLS FOR "BRIDGING SOLUTIONS" TO PREVENT RECURRING CRISES
(Niamey/New York, 16 October 2010): Speaking in Niger on World Food Day, the United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said combating malnutrition and the recurrent food crises in the Sahel will require national and international actors to adopt solutions that bridge both the immediate and longer term needs of the local communities.

On the final day of a three-day visit, the UN's humanitarian chief travelled to the town of Toumour, located some 1,500...

14 Oct 2010
UNITED NATIONS UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS BEGINS FIRST VISIT TO AFRICA
(Niamey/New York, 14 October 2010): United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos today arrived in Niger. With nearly seven million people affected by hunger, Niger has been one of the biggest humanitarian crises in Africa in 2010, however the situation has started to stabilize.

A decline in cereal production of over 410,000 tons and a fodder shortage led to a severe food and nutritional crisis, the second in...