Appeals & Response Plans
- Mauritania: Drought - May 2018
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Mauritania: Floods - Sep 2013
- Sahel Crisis: 2011-2017
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2009
- Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic - Apr 2009
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2008
- Mauritania: Floods - Aug 2007
Maps & Infographics
Caritas Australia, the international aid and development organisation of the Catholic Church, has welcomed the government’s commitment of $10 million to help victims of the conflict in Mali, but said Australia now needed to use its influence in the UN Security Council to ensure vital food security in the land-locked West African country.
West Africa has already been ravaged by a food crisis and the recent escalation in violence in Mali has further exacerbated the food security problem.
In the year 2012 it’s hard to imagine 18 million men, women and children in nine countries are confronted with the frightening reality they may not have enough food to eat and many of them may die.
It’s even harder to imagine those same people can’t get Australia’s, much less the world’s attention, at a time when much can still be done to avert catastrophe.
I do wonder why this is so and all I can come up with is that no-one knows much about the West African nations of Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, northern Nigeria or northern Cameroon.
Scores of people across the Sahel remain in grave danger as the ongoing food crisis unfolds, but where there is support there is hope.
More than 18 million people are in danger across nine West African countries including Burkina Faso, Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Chad, northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon.
Nine nations and more than 15 million men, women and children are on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe as severe droughts, poor harvests, conflict and rising food prices cripple West Africa.
In 2011, with support from the Australian Government and the Australian community, over $7 million was raised for our East Africa appeal.
In 2012, another crisis has been looming in recent months with the nations of Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Gambia, Chad, Mauritania, northern Nigeria and northern Cameroon now facing severe food insecurity.