Starving in Sahel: It’s time to care


The Sahel region – a belt up to 1,000 km wide that spans Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons

The Sahel is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition between the Sahara desert in the North and the Sudanian Savannas in the south, having a semi-arid climate. It stretches across the north of the African continent between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea and covers parts of (from west to east) northern Senegal, southern Mauritania, central Mali, southern Algeria and Niger, central Chad, southern Sudan, northern South Sudan and Eritrea. (Source: Wikipedia)

For hundreds of years the Sahel has faced devastating droughts that has brought immense famine and death across this often neglected part of the world. Recently, thanks to UNICEF, “over 850,000 children received lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition across nine countries in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa in 2012. This represents the largest humanitarian effort of its kind ever in the region. UNICEF, alongside governments, other UN agencies, and humanitarian organizations mounted the response, with significant support from donors”.


Source: UNICEF

The threat in the Sahel is not over yet. 10 million people in the region are at threat of severe hunger and they need your help to survive. Watch this video and you will certainly be touched.

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Related articles:

UNICEF Sahel Crisis Update 

Sahel Drought 2012: One Million Children At Risk Of Starvation


  1. This is part of the reason that there are trafficked children coming south. Parents haven’t got the means to feed the whole family. It may be ‘better’ to sell a child who will go to have an education further south, but actually often end up in some sort of labour situation.

    The Sahel crisis is not just about food, it’s about resources, giving sustainability so families can look after themselves without being driven to drastic measures!

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