Drought and political instability are causing a massive humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region. One of the harder hit places is Chad, where Unicef warns that one in 5 children are suffering from acute malnutrition. In all, Unicef says that 170,000 children in Chad will have suffered fron acute malnutrian this year.
The UN Refugee Agency estimates that there are about 60,000 Malian refugees spread out across multiple sites – formal and informal – in northern Burkina Faso. A special guest post from Refugees International.
Ground zero of the Sahel food crisis is Chad, where malnutrian rates are reaching alarming levels. Things are about to get worse, too. The rainy season begins in June, and routes used to deliver food will become impassible. Watch this important video from the World Food Program.
Yet another example of how climate change is causing massive social upheaval not in some distant, sci-fi future -- but in the here and now.
USAID launched "Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday," a new USA-led global push to eliminate unnecessary child deaths around the world. I spoke with USAID Administration Dr. Raj Shah about this new project for a UN Dispatch podcast.
As the Sahara steadily creeps southward thanks to climate change, the dry spells experienced in this region are becoming lengthier.