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British Aid Group Says Food Crisis Extends Beyond Niger

A British aid group says the food crisis in Niger should not overshadow similar situations throughout western Africa, including the shortage facing Niger's neighbor, Mali.

Oxfam says more than one million people in Mali are at risk.

Oxfam's regional director for West Africa, Natasha Kofoworola Quist, Wednesday called on governments to fund the U.N. World Food Program appeal for Mali.

Ms. Quist says the U.N. agency has received less than 15 percent of the $7.4 million it has requested in emergency aid to the nation.

Oxfam also says 500,000 people in Burkina Faso are in need of food aid, and another 800,000 people in Mauritania are at risk.

Ms. Quist urged donors to act quickly to address the situations in these countries.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters, AP.