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19 Sep 2017 description
report The Guardian

An international alliance must create a plan for the fragile African states of the Sahel to prevent catastrophe in a region already buckling under the strain

By Tony Blair

Refugees fleeing conflict have already sent shockwaves ‎through the political systems of Europe. But unless we take urgent action now and help the countries of the Sahel, we will face the prospect of millions more refugees in the time to come.

31 Jan 2017 description
report The Guardian

UN assistant secretary general Toby Lanzer says urgent aid to help stabilise communities in the Lake Chad region is also in Europe’s broader interests.

The humanitarian crisis in northern Nigeria has implications that Europe can ill afford to ignore, according to a top UN official. Nigeria was the third largest source of migrants crossing the Mediterranean in 2016.

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30 Jun 2016 description
report The Guardian

The male recovery ward in the hospital is all in blue: blue sheets, pillows, curtains. Outside, the temperature hovers around 40 degrees: inside, large fans keep the air moving. All the beds are occupied by adults – except one. Eight-year-old Abba is the exception.

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08 Jul 2015 description
report The Guardian

Failure to find political solutions in areas of violent crisis is forcing ICRC to extend its core humanitarian remit, says organisation’s president Peter Maurer

Sam Jones


Wednesday 8 July 2015 09.54 EDT

The world’s inability to deal with the proliferation of conflict driven-crises is forcing the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to shoulder an ever-larger burden and reassess the way it works, the organisation’s president has warned.

21 May 2015 description
report The Guardian

Global weather system that plays havoc with weather across the world could exacerbate region’s dry spell and devastate Sahel as it did in 1972

A global weather phenomenon could cause a famine in the Sahel this year by combining with already dry conditions to create a “double whammy” for the region, scientists and aid groups have warned.

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12 Sep 2014 description
report The Guardian

Why are WFP and UNHCR struggling to raise funds for humanitarian emergencies that don’t make the headlines?

It’s been called “disaster overload” – major crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and the Philippines have left the United Nations’ humanitarian response system reeling. But as media attention gravitates toward the major crises, there’s been little thought to the long tail of the humanitarian system.

26 Jun 2014 description
report The Guardian

The US has announced it is to increase its humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic (CAR) by $51m (£30m) this year, bringing the total funding to $118m (£69m).

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25 Mar 2014 description
report The Guardian

Researchers collaborate with health officials to plan vaccination campaigns after discovering how to predict seasonal outbreaks.

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06 Dec 2013 description
report The Guardian

Surge of NGOs during refugee crisis boosted business and graduate employment but led to job losses and inequality

For business savvy in eastern Chad, look no further than Abderahmane Hissène. In one of the hottest countries in the world, he is the only person selling refrigerated soft drinks within a 20km (12.4 miles) radius of Goz Beïda airstrip. "My approach is to keep prices reasonable, then customers come back,'' says the 17-year-old entrepreneur whose Café de l'Aéroport is a discarded UN container.

03 Dec 2013 description
report The Guardian

Chad hit by refugee influx from Darfur and Central African Republic as well as return of its citizens expelled from Libya.

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10 Apr 2013 description
report The Guardian

WFP says 2012's good harvest in Sahel not enough to alleviate deep-rooted poverty, as millions more face hunger this year

Celeste Hicks

27 Feb 2013 description
report The Guardian

Helping people to survive drought requires a long-term commitment from governments, donors, institutions and NGOs

After three droughts in seven years in the Sahel, governments, humanitarian organisations and donors have been asking how to help the region get out of this cycle of crises. The nearly universal solution proposed is summed up in the word "resilience": the ability of families, households or communities to absorb shocks, such as drought in the case of the Sahel.

18 Jan 2013 description
report The Guardian

EU finds poor maintenance by recipient countries is leaving roads in ruin, jeopardising work to reduce poverty and hunger

The EU has spent billions of euros to build roads in sub-Saharan Africa that are left to deteriorate because of poor maintenance, the European Court of Auditors said on Tuesday.

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05 Oct 2012 description
report The Guardian

By Mark Tran

Report finds discovery of oil and mineral resources doing little to improve prospects for poor people, whose lot may even worsen

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28 Sep 2012 description
report The Guardian

Above-average rainfall and falling food prices do not signal an end to food insecurity in Africa's Sahel region

The Niger government took the brave decision last year to sound the alarm early on hunger – the rainy season, from July to September, had been well below average and a drop in food production looked likely.

23 Aug 2012 description
report The Guardian

Refugee camp radio stations set up by a development charity are loved by their audiences, but face major funding challenges

Posted by Celeste Hicks

Tuesday 14 August 2012 02.00 EDT

"When I heard about giving birth in a hospital on Radio Sila, it was the first time anyone suggested that to me," says 37-year-old Achta Abakar Ibrahim, a Darfur refugee and mother of 10. She sits in the shade of her compound in Djabal camp, near Goz Beïda, eastern Chad, plaiting the hair of her four-year-old daughter, Malia.

21 Jun 2012 description
report The Guardian

The politics of aid can delay early intervention, despite last year's famine in Somalia showing early aid can achieve more

By Mark Tran

A recent briefing paper by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) succinctly sums up the frustration of humanitarian groups as they grapple with the food crisis in the Sahel, where 18 million people are at risk from hunger.

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18 Jun 2012 description
report The Guardian

With west Africa's food crisis worsening, delegates in Brussels will look at the aid shortfall and the need to build resilience

Read the full post by Duncan Green in the Guardian's Poverty Matters Blog.

09 May 2012 description
report The Guardian

Pictures of starving children give donors an instant justification to release aid. Predictions of starvation, however accurate, do not

After the hunger crisis that engulfed east Africa last summer, there was plenty for the world to think about. After all, we'd been warned it was coming – the first alerts of a potential crisis came the previous year. But not enough was done to avert it, and we now know that failure cost tens of thousands of lives and millions of dollars in aid money.

10 Apr 2012 description
report The Guardian

Rising therapeutic feeding centre admissions highlight growing urgency of situation in one of Sahel's driest, most remote areas

by Celeste Hicks

Fatouma Bashir has travelled for miles in the searing heat to bring her eight-month-old son, Ismael, to a feeding centre in the town of Mao, in one of the driest and most isolated regions of Chad.