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Food insecurity in West Africa could leave 43 million at risk as coronavirus hits

Well over 40 million people across West Africa face desperate food shortages in coming months, with COVID-19 restrictions a new factor adding to people’s vulnerability, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Tuesday.

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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‘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.

West Africa ‘shaken by unprecedented violence’, UN envoy tells Security Council

The UN envoy for West Africa and the vast Sahel region, told the Security Council on Monday that in recent months, the region has been “shaken by unprecedented violence”.

Investing in school meals ‘win-win’ for West African nations – UN

The United Nations food relief agency has urged Governments in West Africa to spend more money on school meal programmes as these investments not only contribute to children’s better future but also create local jobs around agriculture.

News in Brief 05 December 2017 (PM)

“Another big loss” as 14th peacekeeper this year is killed in CAR

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News in Brief 23 October 2017 (PM)

Ending child marriage in West & Central Africa could take 100 years: UNICEF

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News in Brief 13 July (PM)

UN representative briefs Security Council on West Africa and Sahel

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UN and Africa: focus on West and Central Africa, tourism and Côte d’Ivoire

Over 7 million children crossing borders in West and Central Africa: UN

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Over 7 million children crossing borders in West and Central Africa: UN

More than 7 million children are crossing borders in West and Central Africa in search of safety or a better life, a new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has found.

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