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Eight states sound alarm over Sahel hunger

AFP  |  Niamey 

Eight West African states have called for emergency for four countries in the facing as a result of jihadist violence.

Agriculture ministers from the (UEMOA), at a meeting in the Nigerien capital of yesterday, said around 3.5 million people in Burkina Faso, Mali, and were suffering from "food insecurity".

They called for "immediate, unconditional food assistance" for the June-August period, the run up to harvest time, when grain stores are at their lowest level.

UEMOA comprises Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, and

The Sahel, one of the world's poorest and most fragile regions, is being battered by attacks by jihadists, including cross-border incursions by Nigeria's Boko Haram movement.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 18:40 IST