Secretary-General warns of "toxic brew of vulnerability" in the Sahel

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Representatives from OCHA, UN agencies and humanitarian partners meet with the local village chief in Niger. Credit: OCHA/Nicole Lawrence

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling for the strengthening of resilience in Africa's Sahel region, where nearly 20 million people continue to face food insecurity.

Speaking in the Security Council on Monday, Mr. Ban said the governments and people of the region need the full support of the international community.

"The warning lights for the Sahel region continue to flash. Political turmoil, terrorist activity, drug trafficking and arms smuggling are spilling over borders and threatening peace and security. Extreme climatic conditions and fragile economies only add to this toxic brew of vulnerability."

Mr. Ban said the UN has mobilized more than $1 billion to support countries in responding to the immediate needs of affected populations.

He added that while recent rainfall should result in a better harvest season, much more needs to be done.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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