The European Commission is providing an additional €123.5 million ($163.8 million) for humanitarian relief efforts in Africa’s Sahel region.
The additional aid was announced Feb. 8 as leaders from the European Union, Canada, the United States and Brazil meet in Brussels, Belgium, to map ways to respond to the crisis threatening the region. Overall, there are at least 12 million people facing hunger across the Sahel. Five countries — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, Niger and Mali — have already declared an emergency and are now seeking international aid.
The new funding brings the European Commission’s total assistance to the Sahel region to €275 million.
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