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UN Chief Determined to Get Food Aid to Niger

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says the United Nations is determined to get food to Niger, where severe food shortages have left an estimated three million people in need of aid.

Mr. Annan said during a visit to Niger, that his agency will work with the government and the international community to ensure all those in need get help.

The U.N. chief is wrapping up a two-day trip aimed at drawing international attention to Niger's food crisis caused by drought and locusts.

Wednesday, he met with U.N. officials and aid groups in the capital, Niamey. Tuesday, he visited the southern town of Zinder, one of the hardest-hit parts of the country.

The U.N. has been criticized for its slow response to the crisis. It began appealing for aid last year but was largely ignored until recently.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.