Article: Outlook precarious in Sahel ravaged by drought and rebels-UN

The humanitarian crisis in the Sahel is in danger of escalating unless a careful political solution is crafted to end violence and the chronic shortage of food produced in the West African region is addressed, a United Nations official said on Wednesday.

Rebel militias in Mali are recruiting child soldiers and the outlook for the harvest is uncertain, creating fresh threats that could easily worsen the crisis in a region reeling from its third severe drought since 2005, a military coup in Mali and the rise of armed groups, David Gressly, the UN’s regional humanitarian coordinator for the Sahel, told the Center for Strategic and International Studies here.

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