Friday, 17 March 2023 14:11

Central Sahel: Lives of 10 million children on the line as conflict rages

Children are increasingly caught up in armed conflict in the climate-affected, food insecure central Sahel region, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday.

“Brutal” armed conflict has left 10 million children in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger in need of humanitarian assistance – more than double the number in 2020, UNICEF warned in a new report.

And hostilities spilling over into neighbouring countries, are putting an extra four million children at risk.

Millions of children are at risk as armed conflict intensifies across the central Sahel, and insecurity spills over to neighbouring countries in West Africa.

UNICEF is working to provide life-saving services, but urgent support is needed now. Our latest child alert