Adjitti Mahamat ,40, cooks the one big meal a day for as many as ten children, including Kadija Ahmat 2, (on her back). Kassira Village, Guera province, Chad. 13/2/12 read on what is on the menu for the rest of the week
A potentially catastrophic food crisis in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa could affect as many as one million children. The food and nutrition crisis resulting from a severe drought, threatens the survival of an entire generation of children. Those children in eight countries – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, Cameroon, Nigeria and Senegal – are at risk of severe acute malnutrition. Sparse rainfall, poor harvests and rising food prices have left many vulnerable and weak, seeking medical attention. Sahel is one of the poorest regions in the world where children already face daunting odds of survival. The current crisis makes their survival even more tenuous. Associated Press photographer, Ben Curtis, documented the conditions in the region. — Paula Nelson (EDITORS NOTE: We will not be posting Monday, May 14) (32 photos total)
In some parts of west Africa, water levels have become dangerously low and pastureland has disappeared. The UN estimates more than 13 million people are at risk of serious food shortages. Here, Chadian women in the Bahr-el-Ghazal and Guera provinces speak about the poor harvest over the last few years and the difficulties they have in feeding their children. Photographer Andy Hall link
Drought continues to threaten the lives of as many as 13 million people living in the Horn of Africa and many are struggling to continue their pastoral lifestyle. Photographer Alejandro Chaskielberg has been to the region for Oxfam who are are running a number of aid projects that offer long-term support to those in need.
OXFAM: ASK THE DUST
It has hardly rained in Kachoda, part of the district of Turkana in northern Kenya, for five years. There have been only two wet seasons since the drought started in 2004. The earth that once nurtured crops is now an endless patchwork of cracks, interrupted by the parched spindles of remaining trees. The people here, like an estimated 12.4 million others in Central Africa, are in the grip of a drought that has already claimed a great number of lives in the district. Rankin travelled with Oxfam to help launch their new GROW campaign, and meet the remarkable survivors of these severe conditions.