The U.K. will provide food aid to 325,000 people and treat an additional 8,000 malnourished children in the Sahel region this month, British International development minister Stephen O’Brien said.
Some 10 million people across Niger and the Sahel region are reeling from food insecurity, O’Brien noted.
“The UK government has been swift to respond to this crisis, and recently announced further aid to help the growing number of people who urgently need food and medical supplies,” the minister writes in a lettter to The Guardian.
The British government previously provided seeds and treatment for acute malnutrition across eastern Sahel.
“In these difficult economic times, it’s important to remember that while charity begins at home, it does not end here. Nor can we solve this crisis on our own, which is why we are urging many other countries to come forward before it’s too late,” O’Brien concludes.