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Caritas Niger video tells hunger story [w/ video]

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  • July 10, 2012

With 18 million people either starving now or facing near term shortage of food, the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace and its Caritas partners are ramping up fundraising efforts with a new video that explains the crisis through the eyes of people in Niger and Mali.

The eight-minute video (embedded at the bottom of this article) aims to make people aware of how Caritas is fighting for people’s lives. The English version is called Niger: On the Hunger Frontline.

At a Caritas feeding station a farmer tells the camera the seeds he has received from the Catholic aid network are “a blessing.” A mother points to her daughters to explain, “They have become beautiful again because they have enough to eat.”

So far Development and Peace has raised $90,000, but expects much more.

Development and Peace is one of the 13 founding partners of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of 164 Catholic development and relief organizations headquartered in Vatican City.

According to UNICEF, more than one million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition in nine West African countries.

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