- Posted October 16, 2012 by
Response team returns to Niger to help families displaced by flooding and ongoing conflict
Over the past few months, heavy rains have damaged infrastructure, fields, rice paddies and water points, destroying large quantities of food and washing away many cattle.
Furthermore, Malian families have been forced to flee from their homes into Niger due to political instability and ongoing conflict in their country.
A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has arrived in Niamey to continue the humanitarian relief charity's response to both disasters. The team is exploring solutions to distribute shelter already in country with various aid agencies, including Femmes France-Niger, Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) and Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
UK-based ShelterBox Response Team members, David Hatcher and Joanna Reid are working with Femmes France-Niger to find suitable land to provide emergency tented shelter for flood survivors and with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to aid with the Malian refugee crisis.
Despite logistical challenges and the heat, with the temperature forecasted at over 100°F (38°C) every day this week, the SRT is working as quickly as possible to bring shelter, warmth and dignity to families in need.