Aid groups: Funds needed to fight Africa hunger

  • Mon Apr 23rd, 2012 8:06pm
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Associated Press

DAKAR, Senegal — Aid groups are warning that they’re nearly $200 million short on funds to fight a growing hunger crisis that is sweeping Africa’s Sahel region.

A coalition of aid agencies said Monday they need nearly $250 million to provide assistance to people in the region, which spans eight countries.

But Action Against Hunger, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Vision say only $52 million has been raised so far.

Aid agencies first warned of a pending crisis late last year, and the U.N. estimates more than 1 million children this year will require lifesaving treatment for severe acute malnutrition in the region.

The affected areas include Chad, Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Burkina Faso, as well as parts of northern Nigeria and Cameroon.