Hacking Hunger Episode #28: Survival in the Sahel

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Podcast Summary

The Sahel of Africa can be an unforgiving landscape, but now families in the region are facing two growing threats at the same time: Climate change and conflict. Boko Haram’s campaign of terror has displaced thousands of people as farmers and pastoralists clash over access to shrinking land. M.J. takes you to Niger, a country in the Sahel where families are fighting for their lives—and a better future for their children.

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Guest Bio: Tiphaine Walton

For the past year, Tiphaine Walton has worked as a Communications Officer for the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) in Niger. In that time, she has traveled to some of the most remote parts of the country to talk with families displaced by Boko Haram, and farmers and pastoralists struggling to survive a changing climate. 

Tiphaine Walton.

As a Communications Officer, Tiphaine has met women and children who have survived nighttime attacks on their homes and communities that are beating back the Sahara Desert by hand. She’s traveled across Niger to talk with and photograph families like this one in the village of Zinder.

“We don’t want the Sahel to be a forgotten crisis,” Walton says. “Climate change is, unfortunately, unavoidable. But poverty is not.”