Sahel Region

Deadly flooding adds new danger to communities fleeing Sahel violence

Humanitarians have stepped up assistance to communities “on the brink”, who have been affected by devastating flooding in Africa’s Sahel region, where several hundred thousand people have been displaced by seasonal rains.

Amid COVID-19 and climate change, UNHCR appeals for $186 million for Sahel refugee and displacement crisis

The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has issued an urgent appeal for $186 million to provide lifesaving protection and assistance in the Sahel amidst fears that the conflict in the vast African region – exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic – will spread.

Protect civilians in the Sahel and Lake Chad regions, urges UN refugee agency

An upsurge in military action against armed groups in West Africa’s vast Sahel and Lake Chad regions has prompted the United Nations refugee agency to call on all warring parties to protect people caught up in the violence.

Lean season and COVID-19 transmission fears keep Sahel aid chief up at night 

In Africa’s central Sahel region, millions of people do not have enough to eat – and between the lean season and the encroaching COVID-19 pandemic, there are real fears that the situation is spiralling out of control. 

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, Chris Nikoi, the World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for West Africa, says that he can’t sleep at night for worrying about the potential impact COVID-19 restrictions will have on humanitarian operations. 

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Millions of children and families in Niger struggle as humanitarian needs mount – UNICEF

Malnutrition, disease, floods, droughts and displacement in Niger have put nearly three million people, more than half of them children, in need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF said on Wednesday, calling for increased attention to their plight.

News in Brief 5 February 2020

  • 'Tremendous gap' between refugee resettlement and placements: UNHCR
  • UN refugee chief wraps up visit to three countries in the Sahel
  • WHO and UNICEF support massive measles campaign in South Sudan
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‘Unprecedented terrorist violence’ in West Africa, Sahel region

The top UN official in West Africa and the Sahel updated the Security Council on Wednesday, describing an “unprecedented" rise in terrorist violence across the region.