Aid groups have warned that a food emergency is looming in West Africa after erratic rainfall; drought and insect infestations decimated crops in the region’s arid Sahel belt, south of the Sahara desert. “The increasing frequency of the food crises in the Sahel makes the case for sustainable economic and agricultural development all the more urgent. The affected populations need the kind of income-generating activities that help them break the cycle of inadequate ‘coping strategies’ said Malek Triki, WFP spokesman in West Africa.
S. Sudan’s independence attracted thousands back home from the north, but hopes for a new and better life have eluded many still struggling to survive in transit camps. ”Life is so hard, I have even had to sell my belongings to buy food,” said Debora Agum David, who returned to the south after a 22-year-stay in the northern capital Khartoum, to where she had fled from bloody civil war. Renewed tension and fighting between Sudan and its southern neighbor has prompted aid organizations to ramp up efforts to resettle returning citizens.