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New funding for Sahel: Commissioner visits Chad

New funding for Sahel: Commissioner visits Chad
17/06/2013  - 

The Commissioner is in eastern Chad today where she is visiting European Commission funded projects and announcing an additional  € 69 million in humanitarian aid amid signs that the hunger crisis which last year threatened 18 million people across the Sahel is making a return.

The new funding will go to providing food assistance, clean water and access to basic health services to women and children suffering from hunger and food insecurity. It will also help vulnerable people affected by the conflict in Mali as well as refugees in Chad fleeing clashes in neighbouring countries.

Severe acute malnutrition rates continue to surpass emergency thresholds in many regions of Chad, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Nigeria.

Chad is one of the countries in the Sahel which has been hit simultaneously by several crises. 2.1 million people do not have enough food to sustain themselves, with half of them suffering from severe malnutrition.