"When you've reported a lot of stories like this, there's a tendency to compare. 'Somalia was worse,' they say. So is the Sudan," Anderson says. "But there shouldn't be a sliding scale of sorrow. Children are dying. How many little lives lost is an acceptable toll?"
Anderson says that he had two goals in his Niger reporting. First, he wanted to bear witness to human suffering. "I want people to know about what's happening here," he says. "To me there's nothing sadder than a child or a family just dying on the side of the road and literally dissolving into the ground and no one even noticing their passing."
His other goal—to encourage action to end starvation in our lifetime. "It's possible," he says. "Starvation doesn't have to happen."