The Sahel on the brink of a humanitarian crisis
"The Sahel was seriously threatened again in recent months by a notable decrease in food resources," said Pope Benedict XVI in February, 2012. “I urge the international community to seriously address the extreme poverty of these people whose living conditions are deteriorating”.
Caritas members in West Africa’s Sahel region believe that we’re on the brink of a serious humanitarian crisis. The situation calls for coordinated and robust intervention from the confederation.
Local Caritas groups say that around 15 million people are at risk of not having enough food. According to forecasts, the crisis will be acute until September 2012 in Burkina Faso, the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon.