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Daily Noon Briefing Highlights: The Sahel

28 Apr 2021

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Women work in a community garden in Bandaro, Chad, as part of an intervention by the World Food Programme to provide livelihood and asset support to people who are food insecure or at risk of being food insecure. © WFP/Evelyn Fey

Daily Noon Briefing Highlights – 28 April 2021

The Sahel

OCHA says that the humanitarian situation in the region is worsening fast because of escalating conflict, rising food insecurity and COVID-19.

In 2021, almost 29 million people in the Sahel will need assistance and protection, 5 million more than at the start of 2020.

Insecurity has increased dramatically. From 2015 to 2020 for example, violent attacks increased eight-fold in the Central Sahel and tripled in the Lake Chad Basin.

Insecurity is disproportionately affecting children and women. Incidents of Gender-based violence are spiking, with widespread risks of women and girls being abducted, married by force, sexually assaulted and raped.

Some 5.4 million people are internally displaced across the Sahel because of the activities of armed groups, as well as intercommunal violence and military operations.

Food insecurity is at record peaks. In the Lake Chad Basin alone, 6.2 million people are projected to face hunger this year, almost 2 million more people than last year. In the Central Sahel regions (Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger), 3.4 million people will face a food crisis during the 2021 lean season.

To help affected people in the Sahel, six countries – Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger and Nigeria – have developed Humanitarian Response Plans requiring a total US$3.7 billion in 2021.