Imminent danger of famine in the Sahel
Sunday, March 18, 2012
The U.N. reports that an estimated number of sixteen million people may soon suffer from food shortages in the region. prepares for a worst case scenario of providing food for 1.5 million children with acute malnutrition.
The U.N. announced that by Tuesday the United Nations had so far only received about a quarter of the 1 billion required for the imminent food crisis; the United Nations had appealed to the international community for donations.
The situation is further complicated by Mali, which are a security risk to the charities and have displaced residents to other states of the Sahel, as well as by workers in Niger, who have returned from Libya or Nigeria, but found no occupation in Niger. The government of Niger has initiated a program for this group consisting of relief food aid and labor schemes.in
"We witnessed last year the situation spiraling out of control inas the aid community failed to act swiftly," explained Mamadou Biteye, the regional director of for : "The worst can be avoided and thousands of lives will be saved if we act now. It's that simple."
The last food crises were thein the Horn of Africa and the .
- Abdoulaye Massalaatchi. "Lethal 'cocktail' threatens Africa's Sahel" — , March 16, 2012
- "Disaster is stalking children in the Sahel" — , March 16, 2012
- George Fominyen, Reuters AlertNet. "FACTBOX-Response to Sahel food crisis" — , March 15, 2012