Nigerois ex-PM 'optimistic' about relations with Canada

Niger is a country of extremes. Extreme heat: the landlocked country in West Africa's Sahelo-Saharan belt is largely covered in desert. Extreme poverty: Niger ranks 167 of 169 countries listed on the United Nations' human development index. Last summer a famine left nearly 12 million people in Niger, about 80 per cent of its population, with fewer than 10 days' food supplies left.

Kristen Shane
Published: Wednesday, 08/31/2011 12:00 am EDT

Niger is a country of extremes. Extreme heat: the landlocked country in West Africa's Sahelo-Saharan belt is largely covered in desert. Extreme poverty: Niger ranks 167 of 169 countries listed on the United Nations' human development index. Last summer a famine left nearly 12 million people in Niger, about 80 per cent of its population, with fewer than 10 days' food supplies left.

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