Ur­gent aid needed in Lake Chad basin

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

THE UN’S top hu­man­i­tar­ian of­fi­cial in the Sa­hel re­gion has ap­pealed for in­ter­na­tional sol­i­dar­ity with mil­lions of peo­ple in ur­gent need of help in Africa’s Lake Chad basin.

“I wish I had good news, but I don’t,” Toby Lanzer, the Hu­man­i­tar­ian Co-or­di­na­tor for the Sa­hel, told a news con­fer­ence at the UN in New York on Mon­day that was largely fo­cused on the cri­sis af­fect­ing Lake Chad basin coun­tries, which in­clude Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nige­ria.

“Eleven mil­lion peo­ple are in des­per­ate need of hu­man­i­tar­ian aid – 7.1mil­lion of them are se­verely food in­se­cure. They are liv­ing on the edge,” he noted.

Lanzer added that among them, the sit­u­a­tion of chil­dren is par­tic­u­larly wor­ry­ing. Some 515000 chil­dren are se­verely mal­nour­ished and their lives are at risk if aid does not reach them ur­gently.

“This is a clear case where in­ter­na­tional sol­i­dar­ity with the gov­ern­ments of the re­gion is needed.” – ANA

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