UN / SAHEL UPDATE

28-Apr-2021 00:01:33
The humanitarian situation in the Sahel is “worsening fast because of escalating conflict, rising food insecurity and COVID-19,” with some 29 million people expected to need assistance and protection in 2021, five million more than at the start of 2020, a UN spokesperson told reporters in New York. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SAHEL UPDATE
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DATELINE: 28 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior

28 APRIL 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press room
3. Multiple screens, participants in virtual press conference
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Moving to the Sahel, our colleagues tell us that the humanitarian situation in the region is worsening fast because of escalating conflict, rising food insecurity and COVID-19. In 2021, almost 29 million people in the Sahel will need assistance and protection, five million more than at the start of 2020. According to our humanitarian colleagues, from 2015 to 2020, violent attacks increased eight-fold in the Central Sahel and tripled in the Lake Chad Basin. Insecurity is disproportionately impacting children and women. Incidents of gender-based violence are also spiking, with widespread risks of women and girls being abducted, married by force, sexually assaulted and raped. Across the Sahel, 5.4 million people are internally displaced due to activities of armed groups, as well as intercommunal violence and military operations. Our humanitarian colleagues warn that food insecurity is at record peaks. In the Lake Chad Basin alone, 6.2 million people are projected to face hunger this year, almost two million more people than last year. In the Central Sahel regions, in the countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, 3.4 million people will face a food crisis during the 2021 lean season. In 2021, the Humanitarian Response Plan to help six countries in the Sahel will require a total of 3.7 billion dollars (USD).”
5. Multiple screens, participants in virtual press conference
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The humanitarian situation in the Sahel is “worsening fast because of escalating conflict, rising food insecurity and COVID-19,” with some 29 million people expected to need assistance and protection in 2021, five million more than at the start of 2020, according to a UN spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (28 Apr) at a virtual press conference, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said, according to the UN humanitarian office (OHCA), from 2015 to 2020, violent attacks increased eight-fold in the Central Sahel and tripled in the Lake Chad Basin. He said insecurity is “disproportionately impacting children and women,” and incidents of gender-based violence are “also spiking, with widespread risks of women and girls being abducted, married by force, sexually assaulted and raped.”

Across the Sahel, 5.4 million people are internally displaced due to activities of armed groups, as well as intercommunal violence and military operations.

OCHA warned that food insecurity is at “record peaks,” according to Haq. In the Lake Chad basin alone, “6.2 million people are projected to face hunger this year, almost two million more people than last year. In the Central Sahel regions, in the countries of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger, 3.4 million people will face a food crisis during the 2021 lean season,” according to the deputy spokesperson.

Haq added that n 2021 the Humanitarian Response Plan to help six countries in the Sahel would require a total of 3.7 billion dollars (USD).
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