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Wednesday 01 December 2010

Niger

Red Cross flies team out on Niger famine mission

A British aid agency will be making its first flight to Africa today as part of its effort to help the millions facing starvation in Niger.

The logistics team from the British Red Cross will fly from Bristol International Airport to Niger where three million people - a third of those children - could die from starvation. It is estimated that one in 10 children in Niger will die if aid does not get to the West African country.

One team member, Miranda Bradley, said: "Transporting the food could raise challenges as it is now the wet season and the region is largely desert."

The relief effort has been made possible by the response to the Red Cross's West Africa Crisis Appeal which aims to raise £500,000.

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