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Niger Seminar Hosted By Henry George School of Social Science in New York City

Wednesday, March 11 at 6:00 PM at the John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28 East 35th Street (Madison & Park)

Niger in the Shadow of the “Giant of Africa” – Nigeria – and under Threat from Boko Haram

Niger is rich in natural resources yet is beset by economic inequality, chronic poverty, and civil strife. This seminar is based on Amnesty International’s recent report “The State of the World’s Human Rights 2014 / 2015”. Dr. Gladys Melo-Pinzon will review the human rights situation in Sub-Saharan West Africa, (with special focus on Niger and Nigeria), and outline United States foreign policy towards the region. What are the implications of these policies for the human rights and well-being of the people of the region? As Americans, what can we do to assist the process of human and economic development?

Dr. Gladys Melo-Pinzon is the Senegal / Niger Country Specialist of Amnesty USA (AIUSA), the Amnesty International’s Section in the US and part of the global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.

With Global Focus On Ebola, Cholera Persists In Niger

Though this past year brought a surge of Ebola cases in West Africa, Niger has been spared from the unforgiving virus. Cases have been reported across the border in Mali and Nigeria, but so far Niger remains clear.

That doesn’t mean all is well, however. Cholera remains a critically dangerous threat to Niger’s cities, particularly as refugees flock from other countries and settle in overcrowded camps.

Organizations like Medecins Sans Frontiers continue to provide valuable relief in areas afflicted by this disease. Please help support MSF and other organizations battling these persistent threats to everyday life.

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Nigeriens Extend Hospitality To Thousands Fleeing Boko Haram

The people of southeastern Niger have opened their homes, schools, and hospitals to thousands of refugees fleeing attacks by Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria.

Deadly attacks carried out in northeastern Nigeria by Islamic extremists known as the Boko Haram have created an urgent humanitarian crisis in eastern Niger. Since 2013, more than 115,000 refugees have fled from Nigeria seeking shelter in Niger. More than 10,000 arrived in Niger between Nov. 24 and Nov. 26, 2014. The need for medicines is desperate and has been exacerbated by an outbreak of cholera among the refugees and the local population. A MAP International container of medicines and supplies worth U.S. $1,600,000, including over U.S. $1,000,000 in antibiotics, sponsored by International Relief Teams (IRT), is being shipped to eastern Niger, but Kirker African Medical Relief Association (KAMRA) has to raise $10,000 in transport costs. To do this, the  KAMRA is launching the “Medicines for the Most in Need” campaign. A $10 contribution will deliver over $1,000 in antibiotics and $600 in other medicines and supplies.

The towns of Maine-Soroa, Diffa, Bosso and N’guigmi have noted a significant flow of refugees, including women and children due to recent attacks on the Nigerian towns Damasak, Damaturu, and Gaidam, all located less than 40 miles from the border with Niger.

Refugees in Maine Soroa
Group of women having Fled violence in northern Nigeria to take shelter in Maine Soroa


More refugees continue to arrive following the attack in Gaidam, a town located at about 20 miles from Maine Soroa on Sunday December 21. Among the recent flow of refugees, there are mainly children separated from their families, women vainly searching for their children, and teenage young men who fear being forced to enroll by the islamist group.

The situation in the Diffa region is exacerbated by cholera epidemics. Health authorities in the region are currently struggling to control an outbreak that has spread from Nigeria, aggravated by insecurity and waves of refugees.

An acute diarrhoeal illness caused by a bacteria that can cause rapid dehydration and death, cholera frequently spreads through the ingestion of water and food contaminated by human feces. The situation is getting more and more complicated, as the number of people infected is likely to be much higher than reported. Cholera has killed about 50 of the more than 1,350 infected late last year in southern Niger.

Kirker Hospital Patients

The MAP shipment contains antibiotics, as well as vitamins, anti-anemia, cardiac drugs and various supplies. These medicines will be placed in the region’s main hospitals as well as smaller health centers to treat local population and refugees free of charge. Nearly all refugee women, and children have not seen a doctor in months due to the insecurity, and in many cases their health centers in Nigeria being burnt down.

Health institutions to benefit from shipment include the regional Hospital of Diffa, the District Hospital of N’guigmi, and the Kirker Hospital of Maine Soroa.

The Kirker Hospital has a capacity of 164 beds. It now sees an average of 200 patients per day, representing more than 25% increase compared to previous months. Entirely run by Nigerien personnel, the Kirker Hospital has been supported by KAMRA for the past 8 years. It has an admission/observation ward, a maternity/delivery ward, a surgical ward, a laboratory, an X ray section, and a med-peds- malnutrition ward. It has a staff of 130 people including 1 general physician, 1 surgeon, 1 nurse surgery assistant, 1 nurse anesthetist, 1 nurse eye specialist,4 lab technicians, 22 nurses and over 100 non professional support staff.

To contribute, please visit the KAMRA  website, and click on the donate button. You can also send your contribution by check to:

4840 Forest Dr., PMB 216
Columbia, SC 29206

Seminar on Niger: Rich in Resources, Enabler of Energy, Resilient in Recession

As part of its series “Africa – Case Studies in Economic and Social Issues”, the Henry George School of Social Science will host the following seminar on Niger. The event is being held in New York City, and all are welcome, with no cost or obligation.

Niger – Rich in Resources, Enabler of Energy, Resilient in Recession

Niger is endowed with plentiful natural resources, including the world’s largest deposits of uranium. Nuclear fuel derived from Niger’s uranium is an important source of Europe’s cheap, clean energy. Why does the country consistently receive low scores on the United Nations Human Development Index? Adam Barnes explores the contradiction between Niger’s facilitation of wealth creation abroad and chronic, widespread poverty at home.

Adam Barnes is currently working on his Doctorate in Comparative Theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He also works closely with the social movement organization Poverty Initiative at the Kairos Center for Religions, Rights and Social Justice.

Thursday, October 9 at 6:00 PM at the John Haynes Holmes Community House, 28 East 35th Street (Madison & Park)

Niger – Rich in Resources, Enabler of Energy, Resilient in Recession

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014, 6:00 PM

“The Gallery” @ John Haynes Holmes House
28 East 35th Street (btwn. Park and Madison) New York, NY

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Niger is endowed with plentiful natural resources, including the world’s largest deposits of uranium. Nuclear fuel derived from Niger’s uranium is an important source of Europe’s cheap, clean energy. Why does the country consistently receive low scores on the United Nations Human Development Index? Adam Barnes explores the contradiction between Nig…

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Remember Niger

Remember Niger

Remember Niger Coalition is a small non-profit organization founded in 2009 that works at a grass-roots level to unify people and mobilize resources towards the goal expanding quality educational opportunities in Niger.

Remember Niger is an evangelically-focused organization, and although Friends of Niger typically promotes secular activities, we encourage you to check out the good work they are doing in-country. We applaud effective development work by secular and non-secular organizations alike.

See their work here:

Mark Wentling, Former Niger PC Staffer Releases Second Book In Trilogy

Former PC Niger staffer (and Togo RPCV) Mark Wentling has just released the second book in his African Trilogy.

Published by Peace Corps Writers, Africa’s Release is available at It will be made available as a Kindle e-book in the coming weeks. 

From Amazon:

Journey to another time and place in Mark Wentling’s magical new novel, Africa’s Release.

The residents of Gemini, Kansas, have grown used to the odd man who goes by the name of JB and roams their neighborhood in a befuddled state. But when he abruptly disappears one night, the townspeople find themselves facing uncomfortable questions, as JB’s life and the dark discoveries in his ramshackle home are made public.

Little do they know that JB’s ramblings have all been for a purpose: to transport him back to the African village he left many years before. Now he has returned to the old baobab tree that had years ago swallowed him up—an event that elevated him to the level of demigod in the eyes of the remaining villagers.

This sequel to the popular Africa’s Embrace, and the second book in Wentling’s trilogy, is sure to enchant readers once more.

Breast Cancer Risk Study for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

The National Peace Corps Association has partnered with researchers at Baylor College of Medicine to determine if there is a link between the risk of cancers, including breast cancer, and medications taken during Peace Corps service. The investigators have developed an online survey for RPCVs to measure health and health-affecting behaviors.

Consider contributing to this valuable research by following this link and completing the survey.

Female RPCVs who served between 1961 and 1990 represent an ideal group of people in whom to study this possible link, because about half of RPCVs took medication as part of their service and about half of them did not. Additionally, over 20 years has passed since their service and related medication use, so we can look at health changes over a long period of time.

No exhaustive list of RPCVs who served during that time is available, so the investigators are counting on your help!

The survey takes about 20 minutes and can be taken online or over the phone. Question topics include lifestyle risk factors for diseases and a brief medical history.

An Appeal For New Teachers At Hampaté Bâ

A request for support from our friends at Les amis de Hampaté Bâ:


Schools are nothing without quality teachers !


In 2010, YOU helped Les amis de Hampaté Bâ secure a permanent spot on GlobalGiving! 

Today, we need your help to supplement the wages of 14 teachers at the Amadou Hampaté Bâ School.

There can be no educational development without well trained and effective teachers. To reduce the high turnover rate and have a stable and motivated team of teachers, the school must offer decent salaries and professional development without increasing either class sizes or school fees.

 That is why your help is needed.

If 78 supporters make a recurring donation of $20/month ($240/year) to this appeal, every one of the 14 teachers will receive the Nigerien national average salary for a teacher and school fees will stay as low as possible allowing the school to give quality education to families most in need.

Les amis de Hampaté Bâ would like to send $1550 per month to the Hampaté Bâ Middle School to start with. Are you one of the 78 generous and heroic people we need to make a recurring donation of $20  per month?

Also, presently, Microsoft is matching new recurring donations to our project! But this will not last for long! So please do not let this great opportunity go!

By supplementing the wages of a teacher for $20 a month, you will greatly improve the quality of education for 350 low income children at the Hampaté Bâ School.




Mark Wentling, Former PC Niger Staff, Working On New Book

Africa's EmbraceMark Wentling was a PC volunteer in Honduras and Togo in the 1960s, and later a part of the PC Niger staff. He’s written one book based on his life-long experiences, Africa’s Embrace.

Now he’s finished his second book, Africa’s Release, expected to be released this May, and he is currently working on a third for the end of the year.

Visit Mark’s Author Page on Amazon.

Read more about Mark here on Peace Corps Worldwide.