HC Interview: The Sahel
Millions of people face food insecurity in West Africa’s Sahel region. Successive droughts combined with conflict and displacement have pushed people into crisis in nine countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal.
In Niger, the number of people affected by food insecurity more than doubled between February and April. In northern Mali, insecurity and conflict have displaced some 370,000 people. About half of those people have fled to Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Niger—countries that are already struggling to cope with the crisis.
UN agencies and humanitarian organizations have received 42 per cent of the US$1.6 billion needed to respond to the crisis. But the funding must be sustained to help families and communities in the region absorb the shocks of future droughts, says Regional Humanitarian Coordinator David Gressly.
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