The International Rescue Committee is scaling up health and nutrition programs in Chad and dispatching emergency experts to Mali as millions of people in these countries and across the drought-ravaged Sahel region face a growing humanitarian disaster.
Submitted by Kate Sands Adams on April 4, 2012 - 1:22pm
Drought is ravaging the Sahel countries of West and Central Africa. Poor rains and failed harvests have led to dwindling food stocks and soaring rates of malnutrition, especially among children. Chad and Mali are among the hardest hit. In Mali, the hunger crisis combined with recent violence is threatening the lives of millions. International Rescue Committee teams are providing emergency aid in eastern Mali and stepping up vital medical and nutrition programs in southwestern Chad.