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08 Dec 2015 description
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By Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Dec 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A series of suicide bombings in Lake Chad in recent months, blamed on Boko Haram militants, has hindered healthcare and aid delivery and left tens of thousands of displaced people living in fear of further violence, aid agencies said on Tuesday.

Four female suicide bombers attacked Koulfoua island on Saturday, killing at least 15 people and injuring 130, the latest in a wave of bombings that prompted Chad last month to declare a state of emergency in the Lake Chad region.

10 Nov 2015 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Tue, 10 Nov 2015 14:05 GMT
Author: Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Nov 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Boko Haram violence in the drought and flood-stricken swamplands of Lake Chad, which has destroyed livelihoods, torn communities apart and forced millions to flee their homes, could worsen Europe's migration crisis, a United Nations official has warned.

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30 Oct 2015 description
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BERLIN, Oct. 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Barren barley and wheat fields stretch across the dry landscape of northern Afghanistan, the result of persistent drought and flash flooding that has left thousands of people facing food shortages and loss of work.

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21 Oct 2014 description
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Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:50 GMT
Author: Chris Arsenault

ROME, Oct 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Sahel region's ability to produce food is not keeping pace with its growing population, and global warming will only exacerbate the imbalance, according to a new study.

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13 Sep 2013 description
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Author: Misha Hussain

DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A new vaccine against meningococcal A, the bacteria which causes meningitis A, has been highly successful in Chad and could make the deadly infection a thing of the past in sub-Saharan Africa, according to research published in the medical journal The Lancet.

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13 Feb 2013 description
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Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:41 GMT

Source: alertnet // Katie Nguyen

LONDON (AlertNet) - Up to 10 million people across the Sahel region are at risk of food insecurity in 2013 and 1 million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition, according to the United Nations.

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29 May 2012 description
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by Emma Batha

LONDON (AlertNet) - The world must act now to save thousands of children at risk of dying from malnutrition in Chad, an aid agency has warned, adding that the window for helping is rapidly closing.

The U.N. children’s agency UNICEF said its treatment centres had seen a sharp increase in very young children with life-threatening malnutrition.

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02 Apr 2012 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Almost 200 tons of fortified peanut paste have been flown into Chad to help prevent malnutrition in tens of thousands of children in the drought-stricken country, the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) says.

The high-nutrient food called Plumpy’doz is destined for 36,000 children under two years of age in the regions of Wadi-Fira and Sila in eastern Chad.

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28 Feb 2012 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Many aid groups responding to a looming hunger crisis in West Africa have made cash-for-work schemes a key part of their effort to help people threatened by severe food shortages.

These initiatives involve paying people for community tasks with money or vouchers that can be exchanged for food in local stores.

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15 Feb 2012 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – Aid agencies have been appealing for humanitarian assistance to save the lives of between 8 and 11 million people who are facing hunger across eight countries in the Sahel region of West Africa.

While appealing for donors to produce the $725 million that the U.N. says is needed for the response to the crisis, several aid groups have initiated schemes to bring relief to hundreds of thousands of people.

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25 Jan 2012 description
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By Emma Batha

LONDON (AlertNet) – Chad, again on the brink of a food crisis, will keep lurching from one emergency to another unless donors overcome their “repetitive amnesia” on the country and tackle chronic malnutrition there, International Medical Corps (IMC) warns.

Aid groups have warned that hunger threatens between 5 and 9 million people in countries in Africa's Sahel region just below the Sahara including Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Mali.

14 Dec 2011 description
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By George Fominyen

Have you heard about the looming food crisis in West Africa’s Sahel region? Aid agencies certainly hope so, and are stepping up their communication drive this week to spread the word about this impending disaster that could hit millions of people.

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25 Nov 2011 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Aid groups have warned that a food emergency is looming in West Africa after erratic rainfall, drought and insect infestations decimated crops in the region’s arid Sahel belt, south of the Sahara desert.

“Action must be taken now so we avoid seeing pictures of emaciated children in the coming months,” said Al Hassan Cisse, West Africa food security advocacy coordinator for the UK-based charity Oxfam.

22 Nov 2011 description
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By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Donors and humanitarian groups must act now to avoid a hunger crisis hitting West Africa on the scale of the one that is hitting the Horn of Africa, an official of the European Commission’s humanitarian aid department (ECHO) said on Tuesday.

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11 Oct 2011 description
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11 Oct 2011 16:48

By George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) – A cholera epidemic sweeping through West and Central Africa has infected more than 85,000 people and killed at least 2,466 since the start of the year, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by bacteria contaminating food or water, prompting diarrhoea and vomiting. If left untreated, infected people can die of dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours.

02 Oct 2011 description
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01 Oct 2011 09:45 Source: Alertnet // Madjiasra Nako/AlertNet Correspondent

By Madjiasra Nako

N’DJAMENA (AlertNet) – A three-day nationwide polio vaccination campaign kicked off in Chad on Friday as part of efforts to rid the central African nation of the infectious disease.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that, of the 401 declared cases of polio around the globe this year, 114 were in Chad, making it the world's worst-hit nation.

07 Sep 2011 description
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DAKAR (AlertNet) - Cholera epidemics have hit tens of thousands of people and killed more than 1,400 others in seven West and Central African countries since the start of the year, the U.N. office for the coordination of humanitarian affairs said in a report on Tuesday.

Cholera is an acute intestinal infection caused by bacteria contaminating food or water, prompting diarrhoea and vomiting. If left untreated, infected people can die of dehydration, sometimes within a matter of hours.

15 Nov 2010 description
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15 Nov 2010 16:38:00 GMT

Written by: George Fominyen

MONGO, Chad (AlertNet) - Many Chadian farmers hit by last year's devastating drought have lost their crops again - and some villagers are so hungry they have resorted to raiding ant hills for tiny grains and seeds.

The country appeared to be on the road to recovery this year with rains producing good harvests in many areas. But aid agencies are warning the food crisis in central and western Chad is not over.

In the remote village of Anzarafa the fields are dry and filled with failed crops.

15 Nov 2010 description
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Written by: George Fominyen

GOZ BEIDA, Chad (AlertNet) - Hundreds of thousands of Chadians uprooted by violence in the country's east say they can't go home unless the government improves infrastructure and health services in their towns and villages, aid workers say.

Four years after inter-communal clashes forced people to flee their homes, Chadian authorities believe there is now enough peace and stability for the displaced populations to return.

"Some internally displaced persons (IDPs) have told us they want to return but they say this would be on condition that …

10 Nov 2010 description
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Written by: George Fominyen

DAKAR (AlertNet) - Governments in West and Central Africa should learn from this year's flooding - which has disrupted the livelihoods of nearly 2 million people - by urgently factoring climate change into their disaster prevention and response plans, aid groups say.

Extreme weather linked to climate change, including heavy rainfall, is expected to cause increasing damage in the region.