On World Milk Day, the iconic Manneken Pis bronze sculpture in Brussels on Saturday was dressed up as a West African cattle herder and filled with real milk to raise awareness of the dire situation facing West Africa's dairy producers.

The sculpture was dressed up in a traditional Fula outfit, wearing cotton shirt and pants, a long cloth wrapped around his face, a conical hat made from straw and leather.

Josti Gadeyne, spokesperson for the organisers, Veterinarians Without Borders, hopes to change policies "to stop the dumping of European milk powder in Africa" which is "three times less than the price of the local milk so it's an unfair way of competing with local milk producers."

The popular symbol of folklore in Brussels attracted curious onlookers as a band played traditional Belgian music on the streets.

In 2001, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) selected June 1st as World Milk Day, which celebrates the important contributions of the dairy sector to sustainability, economic development, local livelihoods and nutrition.

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