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Stories from the Sahel

What was it like to live in west Africa in 2012? How was the food crisis affecting people there?

Stories from the Sahel

Hadjatou cradles her six-month-old son after learning from a Red Cross nurse that her baby is acutely malnourished.

With the current food crisis in the Sahel, Habi’s family is facing a daunting task to protect the health of their precious young.

Alwilayat has already lost two daughters under the age of five and is facing a daunting struggle to feed her two sons.

As Ouilimatou lies, listless, in his grandmother’s lap he does not look like a child who is nearly two years old.

"In 12 years volunteering for the Red Cross I have never seen a catastrophe like the current food crisis here in the Sahel region of Mali."

Kadiatou Konnare is facing a more daunting struggle to feed her seven children than most people will ever know.

Habsatou is president of the Sandari vegetable garden group. Thanks to the Red Cross, she and her friends are now able to grow aubergines, cabbages, onions, lettuces and okra.

Oroukia Boulo and her husband have seven children. Instead of being able to fill their three granaries after harvesting their cereal crops this year, they couldn’t even fill one.

Thanks to a Red Cross gardening project, Djenaba is confident she’ll be able to send her two-year-old daughter Malika to school this autumn.

Usually Sorhow's family grows enough millet and sorghum to feed themselves, but inadequate rainfall caused their last harvest to fail.