Salissou is 11, and lives in Niger - he loves his little sister more than anything in the world. This is a touching account of the reality of the crisis from his eyes.You can view the full video of Salissou's story here.
Salissou hasn't given up... and neither should we.
The worsening situation in Mali is the focus of our current efforts. Our response in Mali addresses:
• Access to food and nutritional support
• Protection for vulnerable groups
• Shelter and other essentials
• Water, sanitation and hygiene
The crisis is caused by a combination of factors. Across the West Africa region, underdevelopment, conflict over resources, instability, forced migration, poverty, locust attacks and climate change intersect to create an environment affecting millions. This current crisis has hit communities extremely hard because they are already vulnerable and have few coping mechanisms.
As families run out of food they do desperate things. They sell their livestock, they reduce the quantity and quality of the meals, parents leave home to look for work, children begin begging, girls and boys migrate to the cities in desperation.
In Mali, the situation has worsened for many communities because of ongoing political instability and a security crisis that has now drawn international military intervention. Many people have had to leave their homes and are living in camps or with host families. You can read more about the situation in this blog from World Vision staffer Erin Joyce.
How you can help
Your donation to the Emergency Preparedness Fund helps World Vision get ready to assist the most vulnerable communities when crises such as droughts, food shortages, or natural disasters strike.