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Efforts to stop famine in Niger

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Watch Ricky's report on the drought in Niger

Efforts to stop a famine in one of the poorest parts of Africa are being launched this week.

Niger was hit by a major drought two years ago and the United Nations says children are at risk if they aren't helped.

Hundreds of thousands of children are suffering from extreme exhaustion by not having enough food and water.

They're worried that up to 1 in 10 people living there could die because of it.

It's just one of the many problems to hit the war-torn country but things are getting better there.

For the first time in years, the country has an elected government and they're now working with other countries around the world to avoid a full-scale famine.