U.N. Calls For Additional Funding For Sahel Region

News outlets report on the U.N.’s call for additional funding in Africa’s Sahel region to address humanitarian issues such as those in Central African Republic and Mali.

Reuters: U.N. seeks $2 billion for Sahel, fears donor fatigue
“The United Nations appealed on Monday for more than $2 billion to feed and care for a record 20 million people across Africa’s Sahel belt, but aid workers said they feared donor fatigue and a weak global recovery may prevent them from reaching the target…” (Hussain, 2/3).

U.N. News Centre: Central African Republic: U.N. calls on donors to close massive funding gap
“Unless additional funding is secured for the Central African Republic (CAR), nearly two million desperate people will be forced to go without food and basic necessities, the United Nations said today, as regional leaders attending an African Union summit in Ethiopia discuss ways to stop the ongoing fighting…” (1/31).

Washington Post: Aid groups warn of food crisis in northern Mali
“Humanitarian groups are warning that northern Mali soon could be facing a serious food crisis unless more money is raised. The agencies warned Friday that more than 800,000 people need immediate food aid and some three million people nationwide are at risk…” (1/31).