Insensitive comment of the week
Niger's president, Mamadou Tandja, fueled perceptions that his government had misjudged the crisis with recent comments that "the people of Niger look well-fed." He said food shortages were normal in the nation and complained that opposition politicians and humanitarian agencies were exploiting the crisis.What is the saying about there never having been a famine in a democratic country?
"It is by deception that such agencies receive funding," he said.
His remarks puzzled agencies that have been working closely with the government on the crisis.