Sahel faces "dramatic" humanitarian situation: UNHCRListen /
The Sahel region in Africa is facing a dramatic humanitarian situation where in the last six months thousands of people in Mali fled fighting between government forces, Tuareg rebels and various armed groups.
This warning has come from the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) António Guterres who recently visited Burkina Faso.
Mr. Guterres is calling on the international community to increase its support to the severely under-funded Malian refugee operation in the region.
"I think it is very important to underline that we are witnessing in the Sahel a dramatic humanitarian situation. The number of refugees from Mali has reached 260,000 and they are in countries that are facing a very difficult food security situation. Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso have kept their border open, have shared their resources in a very difficult economic situation and in a very difficult food security situation for their own peoples."
Mr. Guterres also urged the international community to help find a political solution in Mali where soldiers seized power from the government in March.