The Sahel region of Africa suffers “terrible” poverty compounded by climate change and further “ravaged” by violent extremism.
That’s according to the UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, including Lake Chad and Mali.
He is at UN Headquarters in New York for a meeting organized by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to call for more solidarity and funding to meet the growing humanitarian needs.
Across the region, over 23.5 million people face food insecurity, 5.9 million children are malnourished and at least 4.5 million are displaced by the effects of conflicts.
Speaking to Jocelyne Sambira about the needs on the ground, Toby Lanzer began by sharing his message to the international community.