US expresses concern over the humanitarian condition in Sahel, Africa

The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has expressed USA’s deep concern over the humanitarian emergency in the Sahel region of Africa.

Around 10 million people are in need of emergency assistance due to erratic rainfall, failed harvests, high food prices and conflict across the region that includes Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.

In a press release, issued by the US state office, the secretary of state said, “In response to current needs, including protection and assistance for refugees, and to prevent a potentially much more serious situation, I am pleased
to announce that the United States is providing an additional $120 million in emergency assistance. With these funds, the U.S. Government is providing nearly $200 million this fiscal year in humanitarian assistance to the Sahel region.”

She added, “We are currently providing targeted humanitarian assistance that addresses acute malnutrition and hunger and builds resilience, and we are also focused on long-term approaches to establish lasting food security. We
are making highly nutritious therapeutic food available for malnourished children. In addition to providing life-saving food, we are working to help vulnerable families and communities buy locally-available food and services, while developing small-scale projects
and infrastructure that can help build the resilience necessary to withstand future drought.”

Describing about the USA’s early warning system for a timely response, she said, “In partnership with other donors, we have taken early action in response to early warnings. We are targeting specific pockets of great need while
working toward sustainable, longer term development. Together, we are saving lives, mitigating impact, and building resilience.”