Sahel: One of the world's fastest-growing humanitarian crises
UNHCR is on the ground aiding refugees in the Sahel region, but resources are stretched too thin. Your gift will offer hope for a safe future.
UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is scaling up efforts to meet the growing demands of vulnerable populations through the provision of emergency shelter, lifesaving relief items, healthcare and education services as well as psychological support to victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SVBG).
The UN Refugee Agency is also working with the governments of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger to launch an intergovernmental platform, called Bamako Process, aimed at strengthening the security and protection of vulnerable populations across the region.
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15-year-old refugee girl collects peanuts at Djabal refugee camp, Chad
Climate Change Effects
The central Sahel is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to the effects of climate change, with temperature increases that are 1.5 higher than the global average.
With 80 percent of the population depending on agriculture and livestock activities, the changes in rainfall patterns and frequency of drought and floods -all product of the extreme temperatures- are threatening livelihoods and exacerbating food insecurity in the region. This, in turn, threatens to increase conflict, instability and more displacement across the region.
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