FON has begun a campaign to reopen the USAID mission in Niamey. Please see our letter to Andrew Natsios (the USAID administrator), then contact John Soloninka (FON’s president) if you want to get involved in our efforts.
Ingrid Patetta, a filmmaker residing in New York, recently returned from the Abalak region in the northern Tahoua department. She has produced an excellent 7-minute video on behalf of Tagaste, a small NGO that is trying to bring the current plight of Tuareg nomads to the world’s attention. She is making the film available on the Internet, and she is interested in partnering with Friends of Niger around the U.S. to organize public screenings of the film to raise funds for Tagaste’s work with the people of Abalak, many of whom have yet to receive assistance in the year-old food crisis.