Sahel villagers fleeing climate change must not be ignored

Published on 05 August 2013

Migration has always been a way of life in the Sahel, an arid belt of land that stretches across Africa just south of the Sahara. Many of the region's 100 million inhabitants lived for millennia as nomadic pastoralists who moved with their herds in search of water and pasture. But recently, changes in rainfall patterns and rising temperatures have led to a disturbing form of population movement: climate displacement. (..) These recurrent crises have pulled the most vulnerable Sahelians into a downward spiral wherein there is insufficient time to recover before the next shock hits.

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