Food gets scarce in Niger as ECOWAS sanctions kick in
02 September 2023 | 4:35 am
It has been a month since the military seized power in Niger. The ECOWAS bloc of African states has imposed sanctions, and access to food is getting scarce in the landlocked country. In the city of Tillaberi, people are feeling the effects.
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