In Africa famine is sometimes a weapon of war

NY Times:

Niger Feels Ripple Effect of Boko Haram as Fears of Food Shortage Spread

In northeastern Nigeria, the epicenter of the war with Boko Haram militants, areas have teetered on the brink of famine for most of this year, according to the United Nations. Now, some aid workers fear that similar conditions could spill over to bordering areas in Niger.
It is a mistake to think that in these cases the famine is a by-product of a war and not a key element of the enemy's strategy.  The UN and the US made that mistake in Somalia leading to the Blackhawk Down episode.  I suspect the Boko Haram is doing the same thing.

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