You Can Help 1,000,000 Children in the Sahel NOW

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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Photo from UNICEF


Similoluwa O.
Similoluwa O.6 years ago

Some of u don't even read before posting comments this crisis is caused by DROUGHT! And its a natural disaster which CAN'T be helped sometimes just the same way u can't stop a tsunami or a volcanic eruption. No matter the amount of birth control they would still face hunger problems becos THEY CAN'T GROW CROPS!!!!, it appalling that u would rather feed ani$als than feed ur fellow human beings!!!. Do u think they if ur country was sharing borders with the SAHARA desert u would be alive u would have died at 6month becos someone gave ur food to a Dog instead. I live in nigeria and I know what is going on, I'm not saying corruption among the government is not our no 1 problem but that doesn't mean children deserves to Die because of them. And I als love animals but I don't put them first before humans!!

Anna Borsey
Anna Borsey6 years ago

Elizabeth M. "There is a genuine crisis going on right now!!

Africa has been in a PERMANENT state of crisis since before I was born (in 1952)! They are causing this themselves, and there is NO point in our sending money OR food OR medication as most of this is stolen BY THEIR OWN PEOPLE and it never reaches those it was destined for. It is THEIR attitude to their own fellow Africans that needs addressing and NOT our willingness, or otherwise, to donate ever more and more and more.

Anna Borsey
Anna Borsey6 years ago

@ Wes.G. - Why do you think humans are more important than animals per se? This is speciesism. I donate to animal causes but I will not donate to a cause like this one. There are FAR too many humans in the world: over 7 BILLION, and rising! Spay & neuter the humans!

Jennifer C.
Past Member 6 years ago


Christine C.
Chandra C6 years ago

Posted. BBC usually does a pretty good job of reporting these issues.

Estelle O.
Estelle Oelofsen6 years ago

You are so right Catherine. The donations land up in the wrong hands and those "wrong hands" sell the food stuff and put the money in their pockets. This happens in many countries in Africa.
Some officials even discriminate against people who have relatives working in other countries to help provide for their family. This is first hand knowledge from Zimbabwe.

Catherine Turley
Catherine Turley6 years ago

we feed pets because the problem with global hunger isn't quantity, it's distribution. much of the charitable donations are taken by corrupt governments and militia.

Wes Giesbrecht
Past Member 6 years ago

Again, with situations like this going on,
how do we rationalize feeding pets?

Elizabeth M.
Elizabeth M6 years ago

Thanks Kristina. This should definitely be in the news more! I live in Canada, and there has not been anything lately on TV or radio in the prairie provinces. There is a genuine crisis going on right now!!

Colum N.
Colum N6 years ago

One way to help would be if the americans and foreign interests in africa would stop meddling in their affairs and planting ignoramus dictators all over the continent in order to steal their resources.

That would be a start!