As millions suffer from hunger in the Sahel, the EU adds $29 million in aid to the $24 million it had already pledged for the region:
Humanitarian programs will target more than seven million people in Niger, Chad, Burkina Faso and northern Nigeria. The aid will fund emergency food assistance between harvests, allocation of seeds to farmers and treating acutely malnourished children.
The Sahel was pushed into crisis by erratic rains, resulting in poor harvests. The EU says that setback, coupled with high food prices and limited job opportunities, has forced up to 10 million people in Chad and Niger to require emergency assistance.
This is the first mention I’ve seen in the press that Northern Nigeria is also considered to be in crisis, but I’m not surprised: desertification and drought have been problems there for years, and famines elsewhere send people from other Sahelian countries into Nigeria.
Tommy has more on the crisis.