The relief agency Oxfam warns that 10 million people face starvation due to a failed harvest in Niger and Chad.
“People are eating wild fruit and leaves, and building ant hills just to capture the tiny amount of grain that the ants collect inside,” said Oxfam officer Charles Bambara.
The Red Cross has set up a program in Mali and neighboring Niger to buy the weakest animals farmers have been unable to feed, slaughter them and distribute the meat to the neediest.
The relief agency said it plans to buy about 40,000 such animals from 10,000 farmers to help alleviate the famine.
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