More than 18 million people in West Africa’s Sahel region don’t have enough food.
A bad harvest last year and high food prices have caused a widespread food crisis across Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Chad, Senegal, parts of Nigeria and Gambia.
A crisis has erupted in Sokoto after presidential elections ended in violence. The conflict has caused the destruction of lives and property worth millions of naira. Some of the people are displaced from their homes and their means of livelihood taken away owing to the destruction that has taken place.
The killing of hundreds of people around the Nigerian city of Jos has terrorised the local population. Caritas is running peacebuilding programmes and providing aid to those caught in the ongoing conflict, but say more needs to be done to provide security.