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More action to help the stricken Sahel region
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Published on 18-01-12

EU Aid Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva has called for more action to help the stricken Sahel region. She said in Niger: "Seven million people are already facing food shortages: Nobody should have to live in fear of famine yet within months people will begin to starve unless we act."

    More action to help the stricken Sahel region

    During a four-day Sahel trip this week, Commissioner Georgieva visits Niger and Chad, two of the five Sahel countries most at risk. The others are Burkina Faso, Mali and Mauritania.

    The Sahel suffers from a chronic malnutrition crisis but the prospects of a full-scale disaster this year have already been signalled with the governments of all five countries taking the unprecedented step of declaring emergencies and calling for international assistance.

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