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Updated On: Monday, 16 September 2019

Combatting Hunger in the Sahel

Content by: South-South News

 

The UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, told reporters, “We are now faced with 11 million people in desperate need of humanitarian aid” in Nigeria and the Lake Chad region. He said 7.1 million people who are severely food insecure “are living on the edge” and “surviving on, if they can, one meal a day.”

Lanzer stressed that “at the moment, with 515,000 children across the Lake Chad region who we know are either or are about to be severely and acutely malnourished. If they don’t get the help they need on time, they die.”

Turning to The Gambia’s now waning political crisis, Lanzer said “in the space of one week, last week, we had 45,000 people who fled from The Gambia into Senegal; an additional 7,000 people who fled from The Gambia into Guinea-Bissau.” He said this people “are now well on their way back to The Gambia.”

On Mali, Lanzer said “we expect 500,000 people in Mali to be severely food insecure this year. And that’s actually 20 percent more people than was the case in 2016.”

 

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