Located on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert, the Sahel is a semi-arid region that is prone to cycles of drought. It includes Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon. Erratic rainfall, chronic poverty, high food prices, political conflict and displacement have all contributed to a humanitarian crisis of staggering proportions. According to UNICEF, one million severely malnourished children in the Sahel could die in just the next few months if they do not receive immediate assistance. The United Nations says that a total of 10 million people are at risk of starving to death.
Just a minute of your time can make a difference. Today, Tuesday, April 3rd, UNICEF staff and offices around the world are undertaking a call to act to “Sound the Alarm” and spread the word about the situation in the Sahel. You can take part now in a campaign called #SahelNOW and use Facebook, Twitter and other social media to post messages about the crisis in the Sahel throughout the day and help to raise funds.
Despite the dire circumstances of millions in the Sahel, the global media has not consistently covered the crisis. You can help make a difference and spread the word that, while the suffering of too many in the Sahel has been all but invisible to the world, there is hope and lives can be saved.
With the right resources, UNICEF can save an estimated 95 percent of the Sahel’s children who are currently suffering from severe malnutrition. Please take part in #SahelNOW by sharing this message — time is running out.
Would you RT this image to save 1,000,000 children? SOUND THE ALARM. Donate your posts to #SahelNOW today.
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