Nutrition crisis in Sahel : shipping food or growing it locally ? (Boston.com / Willem Van Cotthem)

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Food and nutrition crisis in Sahel region of Africa

A potentially catastrophic food crisis in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa could affect as many as one million children. The food and nutrition crisis resulting from a severe drought, threatens the survival of an entire generation of children. Those children in eight countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal – are at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Sparse rainfall, poor harvests and rising food prices have left many vulnerable and weak, seeking medical attention. Sahel is one of the poorest regions in the world where children already face daunting odds of survival. The current crisis makes their survival even more tenuous. Associated Press photographer, Ben Curtis, documented the conditions in the region. — Paula Nelson

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WHY, OH WHY ?

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