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Niger C-208 Program Reaches 10,000hr Flying Hours Without Incident

Niger’s Cessna program is critical to conducting security missions and medical evacuations for both the Nigerien military and civilian population

On 16 March, the U.S. Embassy’s Office of Security Cooperation co-hosted a “10,000 flight hour” celebration with the Nigerien Air Force at Air Base 101 in Niamey, Niger to mark the passage of 10,000 total flight hours without incident for the Nigerien Cessna-208 fleet. Niger’s Cessna program, which began in…

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Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Niger

All travelers coming to Niger from countries where there is a COVID-19 outbreak will be confined to their homes or in another adequate location for a period of 14 days

Location:  Niger, countrywide Event:  There is an ongoing outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) first identified in Wuhan, China.  The global public health threat posed by COVID-19 is high, with more than 100,000 reported cases worldwide.   As of March 16, 2020, there are no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Niger.  However, some…

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An Equal World is an Enabled World (By Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker)

A gender equal world can be healthier, wealthier, and more harmonious

By Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker Every March 8, the global community celebrates International Women’s Day to recognize the breadth of achievements of women in every domain that contribute to a better society for everyone.  This year’s theme, “Each for Equal,” draws on the notion that collectively and individually we can…

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Ambassador Eric Whitaker traveled to Tahoua

Mr. Abdourahamane Moussa, the governor of Tahoua, and other dignitaries were on hand for the visit

On 6 February, Ambassador Eric Whitaker traveled to Tahoua where he donated 20 computers and 10 uninterruptible power supplies to the University of Tahoua to increase computer literacy and enhance the educational experience of the student body.  He also attended the launch of a “Pay It Forward” grant to pair…

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Security Alert: Threats against Nigerien and Western Government Facilities and Locations Frequented by Westerners

The Embassy strongly advises limiting unnecessary movements during hours of darkness or travel outside of the Niamey péage (toll checkpoint)

Event:  Several unexploded rockets were discovered on the outskirts of Niamey Tuesday, January 14, near the village of Kongou Gorou.  No damage or injuries were reported. The U.S. Embassy is aware of potential threats against Nigerien and western government buildings, and locations frequented by westerners. The Embassy strongly advises limiting…

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A Salute to the Indomitable Women of Niger By Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker

We admire their intelligence, strength, and resilience as they raise their families, build their communities, and improve their country

On Nigerien Women’s Day, May 13, we honor the daughters, sisters, mothers, wives, and grandmothers who contribute to a greater Niger. We admire their intelligence, strength, and resilience as they raise their families, build their communities, and improve their country. This day, we also remember the Nigerien women who lost…

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Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker Helps Launch “Zéro Palu! Je m’engage” Malaria Campaign

Africa accounts for about 90 percent of all malaria cases and deaths worldwide

On October 18, 2018, at the Congressional Palace, Ambassador Whitaker spoke at the launch of the campaign “Zéro Palu! Je m’engage” (“Zero Malaria!  It Starts with Me!”) to eradicate malaria across Africa by 2030.  The campaign is supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, which each year donates $18M dollars…

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Ambassador Eric P. Whitaker Helps Launch “Zéro Palu! Je m’engage” Malaria Campaign

The campaign is supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, which each year donates $18M dollars to Niger for malaria prevention and treatment

On October 18, 2018, at the Congressional Palace, Ambassador Whitaker spoke at the launch of the campaign “Zéro Palu! Je m’engage” (“Zero Malaria!  It Starts with Me!”) to eradicate malaria across Africa by 2030. The campaign is supported by the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, which each year donates $18M dollars to…

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U.S. Soccer Champions Demonstrate the Power of Sports

Ambassador Eric Whitaker opened the game with remarks emphasizing the importance of women’s sports, citing words of inspiration from American athletes Serena Williams and Jackie Joyner-Kersee

U.S. Sports Envoys Staci Wilson and Joanna Lohman – a member of the gold-medal-winning women’s soccer team at the 1996 Olympic games, and a world champion and current player for the Washington Spirit respectively – visited Niamey and Agadez for a robust program to show girls, coaches, and parents how…

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Niger: Students Gather for Model United Nations Addressing Press Freedom

The event received widespread television coverage, with several officials commenting on the comprehensiveness of the program

During the four days leading up to International Press Freedom Day (May 3), 43 outstanding Nigerien high school students participated in a Model U.N. focusing on journalists’ rights and press freedom. From the minds of Niger’s future leaders came outstanding advocacy for a free and independent press. One team wrote…