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ActionAid’s Gambia tells The Guardian "This is a real emergency."

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Shaista Aziz, News Team

There was a great article in The Guardian today about the West African food crisis.

ActionAid has been appealing for funds to help us support communities in The Gambia and Senegal who are facing severe food shortages.

The Guardian talked to ActionAid Gambia's Country Director, who said "This is a real emergency. The Gambia is predominantly an agricultural society. With widespread crop failure and food price hikes, the situation will become extremely serious unless emergency measures are put in place immediately."

In The Gambia, ActionAid has provided food supplies for over 15,000 people in the North Bank and Central River regions. We're also providing food and water for livestock, and supporting people with seeds and farm tools.

In Senegal, ActionAid aims to reach 26,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the food crisis in the east of the country. We'll be providing food, water, seeds, and repairing water structures. Dieynabou Diallo (above) is just one of the many people who ahve been affected.