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Niger: Djamila’s Story

save_the_children.png     A film by Save the Children (Niger/2011/2:34).

After their harvest failed completely, Djamila had to leave her home, her school, and her friends to beg for food and money with her mother in town. Djamila prefers pounding millet because that means there is something to eat. The poorest families are facing a food crisis after drought caused their crops to fail and food prices to increase by up to 30% in some areas. Unable to grow or buy enough food to survive, they are now heading to cities and towns in Niger and across the border into Nigeria to find work or to beg to try and ward off hunger.

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