sahel

News in Brief 23 June 2020

  • Extreme weather ‘record’ likely in Arctic Circle: WMO
  • 600 million South Asian children at risk from COVID-19, says UNICEF
  • UN migration agency appeals for funding to help 460,000 people in central Sahel
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Terrorist groups exploiting COVID-19 in Sahel, UN peacekeeping chief tells Security Council

COVID-19 is complicating an already complex security situation in the Sahel, with terrorist groups exploiting the pandemic as they step up attacks on national and international forces, the UN’s peacekeeping chief said on Friday.

Burkina Faso crisis and COVID-19 concerns highlight pressure on Sahel food security

Food insecurity levels in the Sahel region are “spiralling out of control”, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday, as it expressed concerns about the potential impact on humanitarian supply chains because of restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

News in Brief 2 April 2020

  • Key COP26 climate summit postponed to ‘safeguard lives'
  • Spike in hunger across Africa’s central Sahel as COVID-19 looms
  • Address challenges facing migrant workers in India: UN rights chief
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Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus

Deadly attacks on villages in Burkina Faso have forced 150,000 people to flee in just the last three weeks, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday, warning of a displacement emergency in the wider Sahel region.

News in Brief 21 February 2020

  • Fleeing violence in Syria, families now forced to burn clothes to stay warm 
  • Escalating Burkina Faso violence brings wider Sahel displacement emergency into focus
  • UN chief offers sympathy to German people after racist shooting   
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Africa’s Sahel: Act now before the crisis ‘becomes unmanageable’, urges Grandi

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) is stepping up response in Africa’s Sahel region where escalating violence has forced a rising number of people to flee their homes. 

Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. 

Tuesday’s Daily Brief: Israeli settlements, Sahel crisis, Iran protests, reconciliation for peace, World Toilet Day

A recap of Tuesday’s stories in brief: UN ‘regret’ over US settlements reversal; Almost daily attacks plunge Sahel into ‘three-country crisis’;  live ammunition reportedly used against Iranian protesters; reconciliation helps ‘repair fractures’, promote peace; call for poorest countries to take leading role in their own development agendas; and World Toilet Day.

Central Sahel on the ‘cusp of disaster’: WFP’s Marwa Awad

Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger are facing a “toxic combination” of escalating violence, displacement, hunger, poverty and climate change, which has driven the whole central Sahel region to the “cusp of disaster”. That’s according to World Food Programme (WFP) spokesperson, Marwa Awad, who was in Burkina Faso just a few days ago, where already this year, civilian deaths are four times the level they were for the whole of 2018, and close to half a million have been displaced.

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