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Conflict and drought spread famine in Sahel countries

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Conflict and drought spread famine in Sahel countries

Nairobi, Jun 27 (Prensa Latina) The rise of Islamism and food insecurity have 30 million people at risk of famine in the Sahel region, the UN and humanitarian agencies in a joint report released here warned.
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The Sahel is a region in the north of the African continent bordered by the Sahara to the north and the Sudanese savannah to the south, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea and encompassing parts of Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Resources are scarce and the cost of humanitarian response is rising, forcing the delivery of half rations in many Sahel countries, the director for West Africa of the UN World Food Program (WFP), Elvira Pruscini said.

In this regard, she reports that up to the current month of June, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has only secured 15% of the humanitarian funds required this year for the Sahel.

Between this month and next August, more than 18.6 million people are estimated to be severely food insecure, including 2.1 million who are experiencing near-famine levels, according to statistics from Action Against Hunger’s representative for Central and West Africa, Mamadou Diop.

Those most at risk reside in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Mauritania, northern Cameroon and northeastern Nigeria, the report adds.

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