Sahel food crisis has been made worse by the widespread unrest in Africa

Published on 30 March 2012

The recent upheavals in Africa - including the military coup in Mali, the uprising in Libya and a spate of terrorist attacks in Nigeria - have one thing in common: they are all helping to fuel the growing crisis in the Sahel. For a sense of the scale of the problem, consider the amount of relief money the UN has called for to aid the increasingly lawless region: $1bn (£630m). Aid agencies, meanwhile, are warning of severe food shortages affecting up to 15 million people.

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