That is the number of Malian refugees in Burkina Faso. It is also the number of people that are at serious risk of starvation because the international community can't come up with the requisite funding for emergency food aid.
Nearly 19 million people are threatened by a food crisis in the Sahel region, but only about 50% of the consolidated fundraising appeal has been fulfilled. Canada steps up with a donation matching commitment and an initial $10 million boost to help support humanitarian efforts in the region.
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.
This is a neat video project from UNICEF that collects stories of the Sahel from diaspora communities in New York City.
This is among the most amazing info-maps I have ever come across. Credit goes to Le Monde Diplomatique, which posted it to Relief Web for everyone to see and download.
"April to June is when this will really build up to a crisis." An important video from UNICEF.
Some stunning images from the front lines of the world's next big humanitarian crisis.