10 million people at risk of hunger in northern Africa

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The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that more than 10.5 million people in Africa’s Sahel area are at risk of becoming hungry in the coming months.

According to the ICRC, wars and the resulting waves of migrants are exacerbating a so-called green famine, which occurs when food stocks are depleted in the winter and spring but the new harvest is not yet ready.

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In the West African countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mauritania, at least 2 million people have been displaced.

Burkina Faso is the most vulnerable, with 1.8 million people having to evacuate their homes, accounting for a tenth of the country’s population.

Terrorist acts by Islamists are common in the country.

Humanitarian organisations frequently have difficulty reaching the most vulnerable people.

Climate change has had an especially negative impact on the Sahel region, with one of the worst droughts in decades decimating grain harvests.

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“In certain parts of Burkina Faso, people queue for up to 72 hours to get a borehole.

Their entire existence revolves around obtaining water.

“We are facing the actual prospect of people and animals dying of thirst if the situation worsens,” said ICRC Africa Director Patrick Youssef.

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