Niger: Malian refugees flee to hunger zone

by IRIN News

For each day over the past three weeks at least 187 Malians fleeing fighting in their country have sought refuge in Gaoudel village, Niger Photo: Jaspreet Kindra/IRIN

No babies cry and the children are not even curious about the presence of strangers. “It is hunger and they are shy – they are not used to strangers,” explained one of the mothers, who is among a couple of thousand Malians who have crossed into southwestern Niger and sought refuge in the windswept village of Gaoudel, Ayorou District, after fleeing clashes between Malian government troops and Tuareg rebels.