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In pictures: The Sahel drought
Eight countries across West Africa face a humanitarian crisis, as millions of people go hungry.
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2012 09:49

More than 15 million people are being affected by a drought which has swept West Africa. Their lives are at risk, say aid agencies, due to the combined effects of poor weather conditions, including severe heat and low rainfall, with poor governance and low levels of infrastructure to handle such extreme shifts in the climate.

Eight countries in the region have been hit, leading to widely fluctuating prices for both animals and grain. In turn, this economic instability has left farmers and others unsure if they will be able to survive on the proceeds from selling their emaciated animals.

Rivers have dried up, grain stores are empty, and what water is available from aging wells is often contaminated with parasites - leading to widespread disease and forcing hundreds of thousands of people to migrate, placing additional burdens on scant resources. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs has said that more than a million children face acute malutrition in Mali alone. 

Organisations such as Oxfam are refurbishing wells and attempting to provide aid to those most affected in order to help tackle what Dubai filmmaker Ali Mostafa described as potentially "the worst food crisis of all time".


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67-year-old Zeneba Louki sits on the left, with Etta Brahim, 36, outside her home in northern Chad with her children and sister, Ashta Hamid, in red. The whole family must survive for a week on the food in the white bag.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
Pastoralist Louki Abdraman said he lost 21 camels during the last dry season in the Bahr el Ghazal region of Chad. Water from non-renovated wells is of poor quality and causes intestinal worms or mouth ulcers in his camels, eventually killing them.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
Fatima Mahammad Aki, a 25-year-old resident of Andrabadi village in northern Chad, is attempting to build a new shelter for her and her family of four children.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
Grazing areas for livestock are fast disappearing, and livelihoods are being threatened as desertification takes its grip, encouraging pastoralists in northern Chad - such as 25-year-old Fatima Mahamad Ali - to build new homes in the search for suitable areas for their animals to feed.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
On the move through the dry dusty landscape - drought and decreasing water reserves in Burkina Faso have resulted in failed crops and a lack of pastures.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
Northern Chad is home to 36-year-old Etta Brahim Senussi and her two two-year-old children (L-R), Mohamed Ali and Fatima Moussa. The country is one of eight in West Africa facing drought conditions and a humanitarian crisis.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
This ecologically fragile region is becoming increasingly vulnerable to insufficient rainfall, and fluctuating animal and food prices are affecting millions of pastoralists, resulting in potentially grave uncertainty on the road to markets such as in Moussoro, in the Bahr El Ghazal province of northern Chad.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
Emaciated cattle walk along a dried-out riverbed, as the drought has caused crops and pasture to fail in Burkina Faso.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
Kadija Dgarde is finding it harder to find the wood both uses and sells in Guera province, Chad.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
In 2012, several countries across the Sahel region are once again facing a serious food crisis, as desertification takes its grip, such as here in Bahr El Ghazal province, Northern Chad.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
Hawa Ahmat leads a camel as she takes her four sheep to sell at the market in Moussoro, Bahr El Ghazal province in northern Chad - yet with widely fluctuating prices, she doesn't know if what she receives will be enough to survive on.


Andy Hall/Oxfam
The drought in Burkina Faso has resulted in a lack of crops and pasture, as well as decreasing water reserves. Millions of people across the region - such as Fatimata Sawadogo and her son, Abou Waha from Garagui village in the north of Burkina Faso - are food insecure.


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Dubai filmmaker Ali Mostafa visited an organic cotton cooperative near Bougouni in Mali on behalf of Oxfam. The group is rehabilitating wells and attempting to provide further humanitarian relief. Ali Mostafa has now recorded a video appeal to help Oxfam's campaign - watch it here.


Click here to visit Oxfam's Sahel 2012 website.


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67-year-old Zeneba Louki sits on the left, with Etta Brahim, 36, outside her home in northern Chad with her children and sister, Ashta Hamid, in red. The whole family must survive for a week on the food in the white bag.;*;Pastoralist Louki Abdraman said he lost 21 camels during the last dry season in the Bahr el Ghazal region of Chad. Water from non-renovated wells is of poor quality and causes intestinal worms or mouth ulcers in his camels, eventually killing them. ;*;Fatima Mahammad Aki, a 25-year-old resident of Andrabadi village in northern Chad, is attempting to build a new shelter for her and her family of four children.;*;Grazing areas for livestock are fast disappearing, and livelihoods are being threatened as desertification takes its grip, encouraging pastoralists in northern Chad - such as 25-year-old Fatima Mahamad Ali - to build new homes in the search for suitable areas for their animals to feed.;*;On the move through the dry dusty landscape - drought and decreasing water reserves in Burkina Faso have resulted in failed crops and a lack of pastures.;*;Northern Chad is home to 36-year-old Etta Brahim Senussi and her two two-year-old children (L-R), Mohamed Ali and Fatima Moussa. The country is one of eight in West Africa facing drought conditions and a humanitarian crisis.;*;This ecologically fragile region is becoming increasingly vulnerable to insufficient rainfall, and fluctuating animal and food prices are affecting millions of pastoralists, resulting in potentially grave uncertainty on the road to markets such as in Moussoro, in the Bahr El Ghazal province of northern Chad. ;*;Emaciated cattle walk along a dried-out riverbed, as the drought has caused crops and pasture to fail in Burkina Faso.;*;Kadija Dgarde is finding it harder to find the wood both uses and sells in Guera province, Chad.;*;In 2012, several countries across the Sahel region are once again facing a serious food crisis, as desertification takes its grip, such as here in Bahr El Ghazal province, Northern Chad. ;*;Hawa Ahmat leads a camel as she takes her four sheep to sell at the market in Moussoro, Bahr El Ghazal province in northern Chad - yet with widely fluctuating prices, she doesn\(***)t know if what she receives will be enough to survive on.;*;The drought in Burkina Faso has resulted in a lack of crops and pasture, as well as decreasing water reserves. Millions of people across the region - such as Fatimata Sawadogo and her son, Abou Waha from Garagui village in the north of Burkina Faso - are food insecure. ;*;Dubai filmmaker Ali Mostafa visited an organic cotton cooperative near Bougouni in Mali on behalf of Oxfam. The group is rehabilitating wells and attempting to provide further humanitarian relief. Ali Mostafa has now recorded a video appeal to help Oxfam(***)s campaign - watch it here. Daylife ID:
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67-year-old Zeneba Louki sits on the left, with Etta Brahim, 36, outside her home in northern Chad with her children (L-R), Saleh Mahamad, 7, Moussa Mahamed, 5, Mohamed Ali, 2, and Fatima Moussa, 2. Her elder sister, Ashta Hamid, is in red. The whole family must survive for a week on the food in the white bag.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=06Ww573bMa82VAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

67-year-old Zeneba Louki sits on the left, with Etta Brahim, 36, outside her home in northern Chad with her children (L-R), Saleh Mahamad, 7, Moussa Mahamed, 5, Mohamed Ali, 2, and Fatima Moussa, 2. Her elder sister, Ashta Hamid, is in red. The whole family must survive for a week on the food in the white bag.

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Pastoralist Louki Abdraman said he lost 21 camels during the last dry season in the Bahr el Ghazal region of Chad. Water from non-renovated wells is of poor quality and causes intestinal worms or mouth ulcers in his camels, eventually killing them.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=05kmccI0W74hRAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

Pastoralist Louki Abdraman said he lost 21 camels during the last dry season in the Bahr el Ghazal region of Chad. Water from non-renovated wells is of poor quality and causes intestinal worms or mouth ulcers in his camels, eventually killing them.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0cRfc1O4jGaCZ

Fatima Mahammad Aki, a 25-year-old resident of Andrabadi village in northern Chad, is attempting to build a new shelter for her and her family of four children.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0cRfc1O4jGaCZAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

Fatima Mahammad Aki, a 25-year-old resident of Andrabadi village in northern Chad, is attempting to build a new shelter for her and her family of four children.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=00QxaEF6w3fSn

Grazing areas for livestock are fast disappearing, and as a result, livelihoods are being threatened as desertification takes its grip, encouraging pastoralists in northern Chad - such as 25-year-old Fatima Mahamad Ali - to build new homes in the search for suitable areas for their animals to feed.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:10:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=00QxaEF6w3fSnAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

Grazing areas for livestock are fast disappearing, and as a result, livelihoods are being threatened as desertification takes its grip, encouraging pastoralists in northern Chad - such as 25-year-old Fatima Mahamad Ali - to build new homes in the search for suitable areas for their animals to feed.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0dqcfjr9dJ8Ri

On the move through the dry dusty landscape - drought and decreasing water reserves in Burkina Faso have resulted in failed crops and a lack of pastures.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:16:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0dqcfjr9dJ8RiAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

On the move through the dry dusty landscape - drought and decreasing water reserves in Burkina Faso have resulted in failed crops and a lack of pastures.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=00PzeCJfIJ6dx

Northern Chad is home to 36-year-old Etta Brahim Senussi and her two two-year-old children (L-R), Mohamed Ali and Fatima Moussa. The country is one of eight in West Africa facing drought conditions and a humanitarian crisis.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:08:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=00PzeCJfIJ6dxAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

Northern Chad is home to 36-year-old Etta Brahim Senussi and her two two-year-old children (L-R), Mohamed Ali and Fatima Moussa. The country is one of eight in West Africa facing drought conditions and a humanitarian crisis.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0h1d1WtciG5MR

This ecologically fragile region is becoming increasingly vunerable to insufficient rainfall, and fluctuating animal and food prices are affecting millions of pastoral and agro-pastoralists, resulting in potentially grave uncertainty when they sell their livestock at the market in Moussoro, in the Bahr El Ghazal province of northern Chad.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:15:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0h1d1WtciG5MRAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

This ecologically fragile region is becoming increasingly vunerable to insufficient rainfall, and fluctuating animal and food prices are affecting millions of pastoral and agro-pastoralists, resulting in potentially grave uncertainty when they sell their livestock at the market in Moussoro, in the Bahr El Ghazal province of northern Chad.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0gUi4Fvb3hghw

Emaciated cattle walk along a dried-out riverbed, as the drought has caused crops and pasture to fail in Burkina Faso.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:53:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0gUi4Fvb3hghwAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

Emaciated cattle walk along a dried-out riverbed, as the drought has caused crops and pasture to fail in Burkina Faso.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0b9OfQF1pIgyD

Kadija Dgarde is finding it harder to find the wood both uses and sells in Guera province, Chad.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:53:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0b9OfQF1pIgyDAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

Kadija Dgarde is finding it harder to find the wood both uses and sells in Guera province, Chad.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=08FtgpX1SMful

In 2012, several countries across the Sahel region are once again facing a serious food crisis, as desertification takes its grip, such as here in Bahr El Ghazal province, Northern Chad.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:53:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=08FtgpX1SMfulAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

In 2012, several countries across the Sahel region are once again facing a serious food crisis, as desertification takes its grip, such as here in Bahr El Ghazal province, Northern Chad.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0eQS3ficOU1xj

Hawa Ahmat leads a camel as she takes her four sheep to sell at the market in Moussoro, Bahr El Ghazal province in northern Chad - yet with widely fluctuating prices, she doesn't know if what she receives will be enough to survive on.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:53:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0eQS3ficOU1xjAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

Hawa Ahmat leads a camel as she takes her four sheep to sell at the market in Moussoro, Bahr El Ghazal province in northern Chad - yet with widely fluctuating prices, she doesn't know if what she receives will be enough to survive on.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=02VG1ROe6GeQx

The drought in Burkina Faso has resulted in a lack of crops and pasture, as well as decreasing water reserves. Millions of people across the region - such as Fatimata Sawadogo and her son, Abou Waha from Garagui village in the north of Burkina Faso - are food insecure.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 17:53:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=02VG1ROe6GeQxAndy HallOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

The drought in Burkina Faso has resulted in a lack of crops and pasture, as well as decreasing water reserves. Millions of people across the region - such as Fatimata Sawadogo and her son, Abou Waha from Garagui village in the north of Burkina Faso - are food insecure.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0aw6990cxIfkP

Dubai filmmaker Ali F Mostafa visited an organic cotton cooperative near Bougouni in Mali on behalf of Oxfam. The group is rehabilitating wells and attempting to provide further humanitarian relief to the 18 million people affected. Ali Mostafa has now recorded a video appeal to help Oxfam's fundraising campaign - watch it here.

Sat, 23 Jun 2012 15:04:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/in-pictures%3A-The-Sahel-drought?image_id=0aw6990cxIfkPE.ParrOxfamAl Jazeera Upload Images

Dubai filmmaker Ali F Mostafa visited an organic cotton cooperative near Bougouni in Mali on behalf of Oxfam. The group is rehabilitating wells and attempting to provide further humanitarian relief to the 18 million people affected. Ali Mostafa has now recorded a video appeal to help Oxfam's fundraising campaign - watch it here.



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