Food crisis deepens in the African Sahel

A man in central Mali displays a precious bowl of rice, as 19 million people across the West African region of the Sahel face a deepening food crisis.
Photo: ACT Alliance/Christian Aid/Tom Pilston

Canadian Lutheran World Relief is requesting funds to help those affected by the food crisis in the African Sahel.

A severe drought in the African Sahel region (which includes the countries of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, the Gambia Cameroon, Chad, and Mauritania) has created food shortages for over 18 million people. More than a million children under 5 years of age are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition in 2012 and three million will suffer from moderate acute malnutrition.

Your donation will support improved access to food and better nutrition for 58,000 people affected by the Sahel food crisis in 5 regions of Burkina Faso. CLWR, through its membership with ACT Alliance, will support food distribution in the region.

Further information can be found on the ACT Alliance website (CLWR’s partner):

You can donate:

-By making a designated offering donation at any Lutheran Church congregation in Canada.

-Online at Click on Emergencies, and select “African Sahel Crisis 2012.”

-By calling our toll-free number: 1.800.661.2597 or locally at 204.694.5602.

-By sending a cheque made payable to CLWR, 302-393 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6. Please indicate that you wish to contribute to “African Sahel Crisis 2012.”

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