Caritas Internationalis has urged governments, local leaders, and donors to act in Africa’s central Sahel, which is facing one of the world’s fastest-growing humanitarian crises.

Contributing to a high-level ministerial virtual round table co-hosted by Denmark, Germany, the United Nations, and the European Union on October 20th, Caritas recommended that policy-makers address the root causes of the crisis and find political solutions to the factors undermining social cohesion – such as inequality, weak governance, arms sales, intra-community violence, and terrorist attacks.

Inter and intra-community violence is increasing, and human rights violations perpetrated by various actors against civilians are multiplying, leading to forced displacement. As a result, more than 13 million people require urgent humanitarian assistance in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger – 5 million more at the beginning of 2020.

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