Niger became independent from France in 1960 and experienced single-party and military rule until 1991. Political infighting brought the government to a standstill and in 1996 led to a coup. In 1999, military officers restored democratic rule and held elections that brought Mamadou Tandja to power in December of that year. Issoufou Mahamadou was elected in April 2011 following the coup and reelected to a second term in early 2016. Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world with minimal government services and insufficient funds to develop its resource base. The largely agrarian and subsistence-based economy is frequently disrupted by extended droughts common to the Sahel region of Africa.
Life for Relief and Development Provides Ramadan food baskets and Udhiyah meat to needy families.