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Sahel: How Swift Action Saved Lives And Livelihoods

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Senegal in West Africa sits on the edge of the Sahel, a region that straddles the continent, separating the dry Sahara Desert to the north from marginal pastoral and agricultural land to the south.  Even in years when the rains are regular and arrive on time, life in the Sahel region is tough with one in five children dying before their fifth birthday.  Last year, Senegal was one of 7 countries that received food assistance funded by a Euro 3.8 million donation from ECHO that supported the work of the World Food Programme.  The impact of this humanitarian intervention can be measured in lives saved, and the increased resilience of people in villages across Senegal as they brace themselves for the onset of the 2013 hunger season.