UN / SAHEL UPDATE

06-Apr-2022 00:02:28
The humanitarian needs across the Sahel region are “at unprecedented levels due to escalating conflict, climate change, rising food insecurity, and record high food prices,” said a UN Spokesperson. UNIFEED
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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DATELINE: 06 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY / FILE
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

06 APRIL 2022, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
“While we rightfully focus quite a bit of time on the situation in Ukraine and the humanitarian impact, I also want to continue underscoring humanitarian needs in other places in the world. Notably here in the Sahel where our humanitarian colleagues report the needs across the region are at unprecedented levels due to escalating conflict, climate change, rising food insecurity, and record high food prices. In total, more than 30 million men, women and children in the Sahel will need assistance in protection in 2022. The war in Ukraine will worsen the suffering of Sahelians by further driving up food and fuel prices. Supply disruptions will trigger further price shocks as importing countries scramble for supplies in a tightening market. This year, the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated more than 18 million people in the Sahel will face severe food insecurity between June and August. This is the highest caseload recorded since 2016. Civilians caught between armed groups and inter-communal violence and military operations, often forced to flee their homes and to seek safety. According to humanitarian colleagues, more than six million people are uprooted across the Sahel, large scale displacement is straining weak social services and scarce natural resources.Vital basic services, such as education and health, are badly impacted. Almost 6,000 schools are closed, according to UNICEF, and that is, of course, depriving millions of children of education, putting them at risk of exploitation and abuse. Last year, humanitarian organizations raise $3 billion for the humanitarian response plan in the Sahel countries and reached over 28 million people. Funding levels however, do not match increase needs over the past five years, none of the UN coordinated humanitarian response plans across the Sahel has been more than two thirds funded. Six countries in the area that's Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Nigeria have developed response plans for this year, which calls for $3.8 billion three months into the year, the region's humanitarian requirements only 10 percent has been funded.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
STORYLINE
The humanitarian needs across the Sahel region are “at unprecedented levels due to escalating conflict, climate change, rising food insecurity, and record high food prices,” said a UN Spokesperson.

Speaking to reporters in New York today (06 Apr), UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, “in total, more than 30 million men, women and children in the Sahel will need assistance in protection in 2022.”

He said that the war in Ukraine will “worsen the suffering of Sahelians by further driving up food and fuel prices. Supply disruptions will trigger further price shocks as importing countries scramble for supplies in a tightening market.”

This year, the Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated more than 18 million people in the Sahel will face severe food insecurity between June and August.

Dujarric explained, “this is the highest caseload recorded since 2016.”

Civilians caught between armed groups and inter-communal violence and military operations, often forced to flee their homes and to seek safety, said the Spokesperson.

He continued, “more than six million people are uprooted across the Sahel, large scale displacement is straining weak social services and scarce natural resources,” adding that “vital basic services such as education and health are badly impacted.”
According to UNICEF, almost 6,000 schools are closed, and that is, "depriving millions of children of education, putting them at risk of exploitation and abuse,” Dujarric added.

Last year, humanitarian organizations raise $3 billion for the humanitarian response plan in the Sahel countries and reached over 28 million people.

However, Dujarric said that funding levels “do not match increase needs.”

He explained that over the past five years, none of the UN coordinated humanitarian response plans across the Sahel has been more than two thirds funded.

The Spokesperson continued, “six countries in the area that's Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad and Nigeria have developed response plans for this year, which calls for $3.8 billion three months into the year, the region's humanitarian requirements only 10 percent has been funded.”
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