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Sahel food crisis looms (part 1 of 5) - Chad, 2011: Malnutrition – a preventable condition – threatens children’s fundamental right to survive. A severely malnourished boy is treated at a UNICEF-assisted nutrition centre in Mao, in Kanem Region. Food shortages in Africa’s Sahel Region are threatening 1 million under-five children – including more than 100,000 in Chad – with severe malnutrition. - © UNICEF/Patricia Esteve - More info: http://www.unicef.org

Sahel food crisis looms (part 4 of 5) - Chad, 2011: One critical response is ready-to-eat therapeutic food – a high-protein, high-energy paste filled with essential nutrients. A malnourished boy eats UNICEF-provided therapeutic food at a nutrition centre in Mao. Food shortages in Africa’s Sahel Region are threatening 1 million under-five children – including more than 100,000 in Chad – with severe malnutrition. - © UNICEF/Patricia Esteve - More info: http://www.unicef.org

Sahel food crisis looms (part 2 of 5) - Chad, 2011: Food insecurity and rising prices, poverty, desertification and climate change all play a part in this silent emergency. In Kanem Region, rates of acute malnutrition exceed the emergency threshold. Food shortages in Africa’s Sahel Region are threatening 1 million under-five children – including more than 100,000 in Chad – with severe malnutrition. - © UNICEF/Patricia Esteve - More info: http://www.unicef.org/

Video Report: UNICEF and partners are preparing for the worst of the nutrition crisis in the Sahel region of Africa, where 10 million people are already food insecure. To read more about UNICEF's involvement in the Sahel region, please visit: http://uni.cf/GWvtXf

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 13 February 2012 - Over 100,000 children in Chad’s Sahel belt suffer from malnutrition, the result of food shortages and rising prices, poverty and ongoing conflict. Conflict also contributes to health and educational risks for children; Chad, once free of polio, suffered 134 cases in 2011 after the polio virus was reimported. Throughout the country, UNICEF supports programmes in nutrition, health, education and protection. A UNICEF-supported kindergarten in N’Djamena…

SAHEL FOOD CRISIS - Niger, 2012: Farida Ousmane, 16, holds her 9-month-old brother, Laouli Ousmane, at the UNCEF-supported Routgouna Health Centre, in the town of Mirriah, Mirriah Department, Zinder Region. They are waiting for Laouli, who is malnourished, to be examined. With prompt global support, a full-scale nutrition crisis can still be averted. - © UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0176/Olivier Asselin - http://www.unicef.org/

VIDEO REPORT: Right now in the Sahel, the lives of one million children hang in the balance. Crops have failed in eight drought-hit countries, leaving families with almost nothing to eat and at risk from malnutrition. The people of the Sahel are resilient, but they have a limit, and it has been reached. Your support could make the difference. Watch the video. Share it with friends. Sound the alarm. http://www.unicef.org

A baby is weighed in a sling-scale at a UNICEF-supported baby-friendly tent in Cité L’Eternel, a slum in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Baby-friendly spaces offer nutrition counselling, food and medicine, and a safe place for mothers to breastfeed. © UNICEF/Roger LeMoyne http://www.unicef.org

CAN YOU SEE ME? Wakeeb (age 3 months) waits at a UNICEF-supported health clinic in the Al-Riyad Camp in West Darfur State of Sudan. His mother, Asha, has lived in the camp for several years. The civil war that began in the Darfur Region in 2003 has killed 450,000 people and displaced 1.8 million. Throughout the region, UNICEF and partners provide humanitarian assistance to 2 million vulnerable children, who represent 60 per cent of the population. - Sudan 2006: © UNICEF/Georgina Cranston