Mauritania: “Nothing left but dust and sand”

Published on 29 March 2012

Mauritanians are used to going hungry - the country is structurally food insecure and drought-prone - but this year 700,000 Mauritanians are facing hunger, which is triple the number in 2010, or one in four people in rural areas, according to the government Commissariat de la Sécurité Alimentaire and the World Food Programme (WFP) (December 2011). (..) Thus far only $17 million has been made available for Mauritania, according to OCHA’s financial tracking system, which is nowhere near enough to meet the country’s needs: WFP alone requires $50 million to fund its response and thus far has received just one-quarter of that, according to WFP head Jacqueline Seeley.

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