Amidst all the discussion it has been lost that Niger is currently going through a food crisis - a crisis that had been predicted months earlier but had gone ignored by the world community. A New Scientist news brief reveals that had the world taken notice earlier the cost of aid to Niger - which the world is now giving thanks to footage of starvation broadcast by the BBC - could have been drastically reduced. Nevermind that it would have saved lives.
In the days of the first appeal, just $1 per day per individual could have offset crisis. But now it will take $80 to save each starving person.