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Only God ‘can cure what ails Niger,’ missionary says in midst of famine

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Helping farmers
Southern Baptist missionary Mike Loftice (left center) works with a group of farmers in the famine-stricken nation of Niger, West Africa. Loftice, who has lived and worked in the Maradi region of Niger since 1997, recently coordinated a $75,000 relief project in six villages. The effort supplied more than 8,000 people with tons of millet and beans. Photo by Sue Sprenkle
MARADI, Niger (BP)--Famine is nothing new to Niger -- or to Southern Baptist missionary Mike Loftice.
      In recent months, drought and an invasion of locusts have made the situation even worse, threatening millions with starvation in the West African nation. Loftice, who has lived and worked in the hard-hit Maradi region of Niger since 1997, recently coordinated a $75,000 relief project in six villages. The effort supplied more than 8,000 people with tons of millet and beans -- and a second chance at life.