Secretary-General calls for swift action in tackling Sahel crisis

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drought in the Sahel

The international community is being urged to act quickly to avert what UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called the "cascading crisis sweeping the Sahel."

The region, which covers eight countries in Africa, has been hit by severe drought.

The Sahel is also affected by rising food and fuel prices as well as conflict in countries such as Mali.

Mr. Ban said millions are at risk of hunger—and the crisis has yet to peak.

The Secretary-General made his comments in an address to Luxembourg's Parliament on Tuesday:

"The statistics are sobering: 15 million people are directly affected. More than 200,000 children died of malnutrition last year – and another one million are threatened right now."

Mr. Ban said "a multifaceted crisis demands a multifaceted response."

And he called on the world to act decisively to head off future crises.

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