Back in 2010 when I was working there as a communications specialist for UNICEF, Niger was facing a humanitarian crisis - a severe food crisis bordering on famine. Drought and high food prices had hugely distressed Nigeriens, especially outside the capital, Niamey: villagers such as the pastoralist pictured below (name withheld) and the two Tuareg [...]
A change of scene and an opportunity to gain a broader perspective of the United Nations (including of its volunteers): I served as a UN Volunteer first with the UN peacekeeping mission in Liberia, then with UNDP in Khartoum, Sudan.
There was a serious food crisis unfolding in Niger and other parts of the Sahel at the time of my appointment to the UNICEF office in Niamey. I was charged with leading a media mission into Maradi and Zinder, two hard hit areas, with Terry Ally, a colleague from the UNICEF UK national committee, [...]