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As this UN video shows, the increasing frequency of droughts continues to worsen the situation.
Currently, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that more than 18 million people in nine countries in the Sahel region are facing a severe food and nutrition crisis. More than a million children under the age of five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition and over 200,000 people have fled into neighbouring countries to avoid the conflict in northern Mali.
Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, noted that humanitarian partners throughout the region have raised their funding requirements to meet this crisis, but more is desperately needed.
"I commend humanitarian donors for maintaining their generosity and commitment to effective, coordinated and timely aid," said Amos.
To learn more about how The Hunger Site's charitable partner Mercy Corps is responding in this region, please watch this video.