The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) iswarning that more than a million children belowthe age of five in the Sahel are facing a disaster amid the ongoing food crisis in the drought- prone region of Africa. They are among the some 15 million people estimated to be at risk of food insecurity in countries in the Sahel, including 5.4 millionpeople in Niger, three million in Mali, 1.7 millionin Burkina Faso and 3.6 million in Chad, as well as hundreds of thousands in Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania, according to UN figures.
“A multiple disaster is stalking children in the Sahel“. “Even in a best case scenario we are expecting more than a million childrensuffering from severe and acute malnutrition toenter feeding centres over the next six months.“Without a good emergency response an entire generation faces a future of dependency, poverty and threatened survival.” Sparse rainfall, poor harvests and rising food prices have left many vulnerable and weak, seeking medical attention. Sahel is one of the poorest regions in the world where children already face daunting odds of survival
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