U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos announced the appeal in Rome on Monday, saying “more people than ever” were at risk of hunger.
The U.N. defines the Sahel as a nine-country region stretching from Chad to Senegal. It says 20 million people in the region are at risk of food insecurity, with 2.5 million needing “urgent lifesaving food assistance.”
Besides instability in countries like Nigeria and Mali, population growth and high food prices are contributing to the problem.
According to the U.N., five million children younger than 5 in the region will suffer from malnutrition this year.
More Nation & World Headlines
Zimbabwe restricts hunting of lions 2:22 p.m. California wildfire kills firefighter, hundreds flee Suspected 777 part arrives in France 4:30 p.m. Ebola vaccine could stop virus in West Africa Purple Hearts in question after Chattanooga attack WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61 Lynn Anderson, singer of ‘Rose Garden,’ dies at 67 What a six-foot 777 part might bring to MH370 mystery
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.