11 million in Sahel still face hunger

2013-06-12 09:28

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New York - A top UN humanitarian official says more than 11 million people are facing hunger in Africa's Sahel region, and he is appealing for more international aid.

Robert Piper says the nine-country region is struggling to recover from a drought last year, despite better projections for rain and harvest this year. The UN Regional Humanitarian Co-ordinator for the Sahel says crises like droughts are occurring more frequently in the region, making it more difficult for farmer and villagers to recover.

Piper told a news conference on Tuesday that the UN has asked for $1.7bn in aid for the Sahel this year, but only 36% has been received.

He says aid came quickly last year in response to the drought, but the challenge is to keep it coming this year.

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