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VIDEO: Sahel - Urgent assistance needed

Christian Aid - UK - Mon, 20 Feb 2012 11:13 GMT
Author: Christian Aid
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Millions of people across the Sahel region of West Africa are in need of urgent support as longstanding food shortages develop, once again, into a crisis.   Drought and failed harvests have left communities in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Mauritania and Chad - many of which were weakened by food shortages in 2010 – facing the prospect of famine. Recent and on-going conflicts in Cote d'Ivoire, Mali and Libya have exacerbated the situation. There is still a short window of opportunity to act before the situation deteriorates to a point where it is devastating for communities and far harder for aid efforts to address. But the money so far pledged by donor governments is currently $450million short of the $724m required. This short film combines footage taken from affected communities in Burkina Faso, during Christian Aid's recent assesment visit.

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