Children pray during as Christian community members take part in a protest against the killing of people by suspected herdsmen in Makurdi, north-central Nigeria, April 29, 2018. (AFP / EMMY IBU)
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Five million people in West Africa's Sahel region will need food aid in the coming months following a drought, but current funding will be insufficient to prevent starvation, the United Nations said Thursday.More than 1.6 million children in the region are at risk of severe acute malnutrition, 50 percent more than during the Sahel's last major food crisis in 2012, UNICEF said.This year, many families have already exhausted food stocks meant to last until September, and herders have been forced to migrate four months early in search of grass, U.N. agencies said.Collectively, WFP, UNICEF and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said they need $676 million to respond.
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