According to UN agencies and NGOs, the number of people affected has increased by 5 million from a year ago, which is a “new record.”
United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations warned on Tuesday (April 27) that approximately 29 million people in the six Sahel countries need humanitarian assistance and protection, an increase of 5 million from a year ago.
This is an ” new record”The humanitarian aid workers said in a joint statement that the country involves Burkina Faso, northern Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger and northeastern Nigeria.
“A whole generation of children are in danger”According to the press release quoted the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) regional director Marie-Pierre Priyer as estimated. “The number of violent attacks has increased eightfold in the central Sahel region and threefold in the Lake Chad basin. (…). Nearly 5,000 schools are closed or unable to operate, jeopardizing the future of thousands of children, and 1.6 million children are at risk of severe acute malnutrition.”, She added.
The number of people who have been forcibly displaced has never been: “From the central Sahel to the Lake Chad basin, 5.3 million people have been displaced and need protection”, According to the press release.
Civilians are “Facing more and more deadly attacks, gender-based violence, extortion or intimidation, forced to flee”, Highlighting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Sahel Coordinator Xavier Creach, which responded “Must include those host communities that generously share the few resources available”.
Women and girls “Abducted, raped and forced to marry. However, funds to fight gender-based violence are still far from adequate.”I express regret to Fatoumata Haïdara, the head of the Sahel of the NGO International Program.
“Hunger has increased by nearly a third in West Africa, reaching its highest level in nearly a decade”, Pointed out by Chris Nikoi, director of the World Food Programme (WFP) in West Africa. “Due to the soaring prices, millions of poor families have been unable to enjoy a simple basic meal”He pointed out that insist “Need immediate assistance” And “Long-term solution”.
“By the end of April, only 9% of the $3.7 billion needed had been received. This is not enough.”Julie Belanger, head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in West and Central Africa (Ocha), lamented this.