1.5 Million Children In Imminent Danger Of Starvation In West Africa (VIDEO)

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One-and-a-half-million children are in imminent danger of starvation in West Africa, according to The United Nations Children’s Fund, despite recent pledges of international aid.

As world leaders gathered for the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, aid workers warned there were only four weeks left to treat the effects of acute hunger before the rainy season makes huge swathes of the Sahel region inaccessible.

Across western Africa, communities are caught between climate change, conflict and poverty — yet the global economic crisis means international priorities lie elsewhere.

For example, during its financial crisis Greece has received a hundred times more from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) than Niger during the last few years.

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