With Central Sahel at ‘breaking point’, donors announce $1.7 billion to scale up aid

Yesterday, donors announced more than $1.7 billion to scale up lifesaving humanitarian aid to millions of people in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger, and to help stem what could otherwise become one of the world’s biggest humanitarian crises.

Violence has forced more than 1.5 million people in the Central Sahel region from their homes—a twentyfold increase in 2 years. Gender-based violence has spiked, millions of children are out of school, and basic health and social services are lacking. There are 3 times more acutely food insecure people today compared to 1 year ago.

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