Poverty in Niger By Mohammad Alshereda
The Republic of the Niger is a large country in West Africa. The famous Sahara desert makes about 80% of Niger land. It gained its independence in 1960. Its population is about 22 million. Its Capital is called Niamey which is also its largest city. French is a widely used language in Niger. There are about 9 ethnic groups in Niger.
The 4 main ethnic groups in Niger are:
– Hausa (majority Muslims).
– Djerma (Muslims).
– Tuareg (Muslims).
– Fulani (Muslims).
Mahamadou Issoufou is the president of Niger who came to office in 2011. He was the head of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism.
Niger is one of the 10 poorest countries in the world. A group of Nigeriens used to work in smuggling people to Algeria and other countries and that made them good amounts of money but that activity is stopped now. Life in Niger is very difficult as Nigeriens often have a lot of children. People there truly deserve help from anyone who is willing to.
The world should not turn a blind eye to the situation in Niger as poverty and famine is very easy to spot. It is fair to say that this kind of suffering can be seen all over Africa.
Although millions of dollars have been sent to African countries in the last 20 years, people of Africa are still poor because the money never gets to those in need. Corruption of politicians always gets in the way.