According to the UN, more than 18 million people in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa are in urgent need of humanitarian aid. Low and erratic rains have caused poor food harvests and water shortages: the risk of a food crisis in the region is imminent. Oxfam is gearing up its response: we hope to reach 1.8 million people across 7 countries in the region.
These photos, taken in Burkina Faso in June 2012, show the alarming situation in the Sahel region. Many families are forced to survive on just one meal per day and, in extreme cases, one every other day. More than a million children suffer from malnutrition. And one of the worst periods for the region is about to start: next harvests start in October but many burns are already completely empty.
For more information on this crisis and how Oxfam is working in the region, please visit our Sahel food crisis web page.
Photos: Pablo Tosco/ Oxfam