The Central Sahel is in crisis, yet "nobody is truly interested and everyone just stands by watching tragedy develop in front of our eyes,” says WFP's Margot van der Velden.
Conflict is a vicious force, and one that's pushed 88 million innocent civilians to the most extreme levels of hunger imaginable. Nearly all of them live in the same places.
More than 800 U.N. Volunteers have served with WFP in the past decade, helping us save lives in over 70 countries.
Violence and insecurity have pushed 7.4 million people in the Central Sahel region of West Africa into acute hunger. WFP has requested urgent access.
A whirlwind of conflict, displacement and pandemic means that more than 15 million kids could going hungry in West and Central Africa. We must respond immediately.
“Our message to the world is clear: Look away now and the consequences will be no less than catastrophic,” says Chris Nikoi, WFP’s Regional Director for West Africa.
Experts forecast that close to 4.8 million people in the Central Sahel will be at risk of food insecurity during the lean season (June-August 2020) if no appropriate actions are taken urgently.
Comprised of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, the Sahel sits just below the Sahara desert and has become one of the world's worst hunger emergencies.