SAHEL / HUNGER CRISIS

03-May-2012 00:01:37
The World Food Programme says that drought has returned to the Sahel region of West Africa bringing hunger to millions for the third time in recent years. The agency said the region is in the midst of hunger season and they are totally underfunded. WFP needs almost (USD) $400 million to take care of more than eight million people across the Sahel. FILE
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STORY: SAHEL / HUNGER CRISIS
TRT: 1.37
SOURCE: WFP / UNICEF / UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE – WFP - 21 NOVEMBER 2011, TILLABERY, NIGER

1. Various shots, failed millet crop due to drought
2. Wide shot, women farmers
3. Pan right, dried river bed

FILE – WFP - 13 NOV 2011, KAEDI, MAURITANIA

4. Zoom in, dead livestock

FILE – WFP - 23 JANUARY 2012, OUSSI, BURKINA FASO

5. Wide shot, woman pounding grains
6. Wide shot, drought affected people
7. Med shot, WFP ration bags

FILE - UNICEF - MARCH 2012, KONIO CLINIC, KONIO VILLAGE, DJENNÉ PROVINCE, MALI

8. Med shot, nurse feeds baby Plumpy’Nut
9. Close up, baby is fed Plumpy’Nut
10. Med shot, mothers waiting with kids at health post
11. Close up, underweight child
12. Pan left, underweight children
13. Med shot, mothers and children
14. Close up, underweight child

FILE – UNICEF - MARCH 2012, MOPTI, MALI

15. Med shot, workers offloading Plumpy’Nut
16. Close up, workers offloading Plumpy’Nut
17. Wide shot, UNICEF overseeing Plumpy’Nut stocks

FILE – UNICEF - 6 APRIL 2012, N’DJAMENA, CHAD

18. Med shot, woman in burka holding malnourished child
19. Close shot, child in mother’s arms being measured with armband
20. Wide shot, women with children waiting for nutritional screening
21. Med shot, women and children waiting for nutritional screening

FILE – UNICEF - 5 APRIL 2012, N’DJAMENA, CHAD

22. Med shot, woman at market selling goods
23. Med shot, nuts on ground at woman’s stall
24. Med shot, woman measuring and packaging soup powder
25. Wide shot, mother placing baby in weighing basin
26. Close shot, scale
27. Med shot, baby in weigh basin with arm-band measure
28. Close up, arm-band measure

FILE – UNHCR - 26-28 MARCH 2012, NORTHERN MAURITANIA

29. Med shot, group of refugees scrambling for water
30. Med shot, young boy licking water from pipe
31. Wide shot, crowd gathering for water
32. Pan right, from refugees getting water in bucket to pipe
33. Med shot, jerry can being filled in with water and pan to queue
34. Pan left, from refugees queuing for water to the camp


STORYLINE :

Drought has returned to the Sahel region of West Africa bringing hunger to millions for the third time in recent years, according to the World Food Program (WFP).

WFP said that the quick recurrence of droughts meant that people had had little time to recover.

Food prices are abnormally high, and savings are exhausted while livestock herds have not been replenished. The humanitarian needs are huge and the time for action is now, according to WFP. The Program needs almost 400 million dollars to take care of more than eight million people across the Sahel in a situation it says is “really critical.”

WFP’S new Executive Director Ertharin Cousin is expected to travel to the region tomorrow (Friday 4 May), accompanied by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee’s Antonio Guterres.

Meanwhile on Wednesday (3 May) the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that at least one million children were at risk of dying of malnutrition in the central-western part of Africa’s Sahel region due to a drought crisis.

There are currently 15 million people facing food insecurity in the Sahel, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. The nutrition crisis is affecting people throughout Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and the northern regions of Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair (OCHA), the food and nutrition crisis facing countries in the Sahel has continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate this year, despite commendable early response efforts by governments and international aid agencies. The worsening food shortages and malnutrition have been compounded by conflict and insecurity.

UNICEF appealed for $120 million to expand its operations and provide health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection services in the affected countries – however, only half of the required funding has been donated so far.

UNICEF has already set up thousands of health centres in all affected countries and sent ready-to-use therapeutic food for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition among children. It has also dispatched nutritionists, emergency specialists and support staff to t
STORYLINE
EL / HUNGER CRISIS
TRT: 1.37
SOURCE: WFP / UNICEF / UNHCR
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: FILE

SHOTLIST:

FILE – WFP - 21 NOVEMBER 2011, TILLABERY, NIGER

1. Various shots, failed millet crop due to drought
2. Wide shot, women farmers
3. Pan right, dried river bed

FILE – WFP - 13 NOV 2011, KAEDI, MAURITANIA

4. Zoom in, dead livestock

FILE – WFP - 23 JANUARY 2012, OUSSI, BURKINA FASO

5. Wide shot, woman pounding grains
6. Wide shot, drought affected people
7. Med shot, WFP ration bags

FILE - UNICEF - MARCH 2012, KONIO CLINIC, KONIO VILLAGE, DJENNÉ PROVINCE, MALI

8. Med shot, nurse feeds baby Plumpy’Nut
9. Close up, baby is fed Plumpy’Nut
10. Med shot, mothers waiting with kids at health post
11. Close up, underweight child
12. Pan left, underweight children
13. Med shot, mothers and children
14. Close up, underweight child

FILE – UNICEF - MARCH 2012, MOPTI, MALI

15. Med shot, workers offloading Plumpy’Nut
16. Close up, workers offloading Plumpy’Nut
17. Wide shot, UNICEF overseeing Plumpy’Nut stocks

FILE – UNICEF - 6 APRIL 2012, N’DJAMENA, CHAD

18. Med shot, woman in burka holding malnourished child
19. Close shot, child in mother’s arms being measured with armband
20. Wide shot, women with children waiting for nutritional screening
21. Med shot, women and children waiting for nutritional screening

FILE – UNICEF - 5 APRIL 2012, N’DJAMENA, CHAD

22. Med shot, woman at market selling goods
23. Med shot, nuts on ground at woman’s stall
24. Med shot, woman measuring and packaging soup powder
25. Wide shot, mother placing baby in weighing basin
26. Close shot, scale
27. Med shot, baby in weigh basin with arm-band measure
28. Close up, arm-band measure

FILE – UNHCR - 26-28 MARCH 2012, NORTHERN MAURITANIA

29. Med shot, group of refugees scrambling for water
30. Med shot, young boy licking water from pipe
31. Wide shot, crowd gathering for water
32. Pan right, from refugees getting water in bucket to pipe
33. Med shot, jerry can being filled in with water and pan to queue
34. Pan left, from refugees queuing for water to the camp


STORYLINE :

Drought has returned to the Sahel region of West Africa bringing hunger to millions for the third time in recent years, according to the World Food Program (WFP).

WFP said that the quick recurrence of droughts meant that people had had little time to recover.

Food prices are abnormally high, and savings are exhausted while livestock herds have not been replenished. The humanitarian needs are huge and the time for action is now, according to WFP. The Program needs almost 400 million dollars to take care of more than eight million people across the Sahel in a situation it says is “really critical.”

WFP’S new Executive Director Ertharin Cousin is expected to travel to the region tomorrow (Friday 4 May), accompanied by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee’s Antonio Guterres.

Meanwhile on Wednesday (3 May) the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned that at least one million children were at risk of dying of malnutrition in the central-western part of Africa’s Sahel region due to a drought crisis.

There are currently 15 million people facing food insecurity in the Sahel, which stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. The nutrition crisis is affecting people throughout Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and the northern regions of Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affair (OCHA), the food and nutrition crisis facing countries in the Sahel has continued to deteriorate at an alarming rate this year, despite commendable early response efforts by governments and international aid agencies. The worsening food shortages and malnutrition have been compounded by conflict and insecurity.

UNICEF appealed for $120 million to expand its operations and provide health, nutrition, water and sanitation, education and child protection services in the affected countries – however, only half of the required funding has been donated so far.

UNICEF has already set up thousands of health centres in all affected countries and sent ready-to-use therapeutic food for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition among children. It has also dispatched nutritionists, emergency specialists and support staff to the affected areas and it is working with governments, non-governmental organizations and other UN agencies to tackle the crisis.
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