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One million children in Sahel at risk, UNICEF warns

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  • UNICEF seeks funds to save lives in 8 Sahel countries

  • Sahel instability fueled by al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, compounds crisis

GENEVA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - More than 1 million children in the Sahel are at risk of severe malnutrition and urgent action is needed to avert starvation akin to that in Somalia, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) warned on Friday.

The agency appealed for $67 million for 8 countries in the region where it said instability fueled by increasing activities of al-Qaeda and Boko Haram was compounding humanitarian needs. They are Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and the northern regions of Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal.

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