(BosNewsLife) - Christians in Niger cried for help Wednesday, July 27, as international aid workers rushed to the famine struck West African nation where 80,000 people are reportedly starving and a million more are at risk, officials said. Christian human rights group Barnabas Fund told BosNewsLife that Niger Christians managed to contact its organization "to ask for urgent assistance". The United Nations World Food Program's country director for Niger , Giancarlo Cirri, reportedly called the situation "some of the worst hunger I have ever witnessed.
Christians form less than one percent of the population of the Muslim-majority country Niger . Experience in other countries shows that tiny Christian minorities like this tend to suffer disproportionately in any crisis," said Barnabas Fund's International Director Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo. "I urge Christians around the world to remember their brothers and sisters in the Lord at this time. As you give to help the starving in Niger , please direct some of your help through Barnabas Fund for the Christians," he added.