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31 May 2006 description

Hundreds of thousands of people across Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso face a second consecutive year of chronic food shortages.

01 Mar 2006 description

In July 2005, the attention of the world's media turned briefly to the remote Sahel region of West Africa, where a cruel combination of drought and locust plague had left up to 8 million people in danger of chronic food shortages.

01 Dec 2005 description

According to a recent UN survey, 20 per cent of children under the age of five in Niger are suffering from malnutrition.

27 Sep 2005 description

A devastating combination of drought and a locust plague has destroyed vital harvests across the Sahel region of West Africa, leaving up to 8 million people in danger of chronic food shortages.

16 Sep 2005 description

It's nearly two months since Red Cross launched an urgent global appeal to assist millions of people threatened with chronic food shortages in the Sahel region of West Africa. Yet to date the appeal has raised only $5.9 million -- $12.1 million short of what's needed to assist 532,000 people for up to six months.

16 Aug 2005 description

The International Red Cross is rapidly establishing a critical food pipeline in West Africa to help meet the needs of more than half a million people - including tens of thousands of children - who are threatened by severe food shortages in some of the world's poorest countries.

In the Sahel region of West Africa a potentially fatal combination of drought and a locust plague has destroyed harvests and left millions of people at risk of severe food shortages across Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Burkina Faso.

The CEO of Australian Red Cross, Mr Robert Tickner said the Red Cross in …