DAKAR - Aid operations need urgent funding in north Africa’s Sahel region where five million children face the prospect of acute malnutrition, UN humanitarian agency OCHA said Wednesday.
“We are facing a funding bottleneck at a very critical moment. The planting season is only a couple of months away,” said UN Assistant Secretary General Robert Piper.
This year 20 million people in the region face food insecurity, and “five million children are projected to suffer from acute malnutrition,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement. “If humanitarian operations are delayed or have to scale down, the full impact will be felt in a couple of months - and the most vulnerable families will be the first to suffer,” said Piper.