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Violent attacks by extremists in Sahel cause of malnutrition: UN humanitarians

Warning of an impending humanitarian crisis, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said that if nothing is done to tackle hunger in the region, a whole generation could be at risk.


Violent attacks by extremists in Sahel cause of malnutrition: UN humanitarians
On Monday, just over the border in eastern Mali, more than 20 soldiers were killed in an attack on their patrol by militants, the latest in a series of deadly attacks linked to extremists who have exploited ethnic tensions and poor infrastructure. Image Credit: World Food Programme

Violent attacks by extremists "almost every day" in the Sahel nations of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso have displaced nearly one million people and caused emergency levels of malnutrition, UN humanitarians have said.

Warning of an impending humanitarian crisis, the World Food Programme (WFP) on Tuesday said that if nothing is done to tackle hunger in the region, a whole generation could be at risk.

A third of Burkina Faso now a conflict zone

Burkina Faso is the worst hit, with one-third of the country now a conflict zone.

On Monday, just over the border in eastern Mali, more than 20 soldiers were killed in an attack on their patrol by militants, the latest in a series of deadly attacks linked to extremists who have exploited ethnic tensions and poor infrastructure.

According to Government data, nearly half a million people have been displaced in Burkina Faso in less than a year, but that figure is likely to reach 650,000 before the end of 2019.

"A dramatic human crisis is unfolding in Burkina Faso that has disrupted the lives of millions. Close to half a million people have been forced from their homes and a third of the country is now a conflict zone," said WFP's Executive Director, David Beasley.

"Our teams on the ground are seeing malnutrition levels pushed well past emergency thresholds – this means young children and new mothers are on the brink. If the world is serious about saving lives, the time to act is now."

Civilians fleeing, leaving everything behind

David Bulman, WFP Country Director in Burkina Faso, said with extremists moving freely across borders, it was now a "three-country crisis" leading civilians to flee. "And for those populations that don't particularly notice the border, they just see their safest route away from insecurity and they take it…When they're displaced it means that they basically leave everything behind, and most of them are doing farming and some animal raising so they are really very dependent."

While WFP has helped some 2.6 million people with food and nutrition assistance in the three Sahel countries, it has warned that in some areas, severe acute malnutrition is skyrocketing and affecting "thousands" of children, Mr. Bulman said.

Among those displaced in Burkina Faso, levels of severe acute malnutrition are more than three times the emergency threshold of two percent of the population, at 7.8 percent, he explained.

For general acute malnutrition, the highest level registered by WFP was 19.7 percent, exceeding the 15 percent emergency threshold.


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