Caritas Video Details Food Crisis in West Africa

Says Now Is Critical Moment to Help Starving Population

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ROME, JULY 4, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The international Caritas network is insisting that now is the critical moment to help the starving populations of West Africa's Sahel region.

The network produced an 8-minute video, which reflects the crisis facing the people, but also the way in which Caritas is helping them with short-term survival and prospects for a better future.

The charity organization explained that more than 18 million people in the Sahel region don't have enough food. 

"A bad harvest last year and high food prices have caused a widespread food crisis across Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Chad, Senegal, parts of Nigeria and Gambia. Caritas has been warning since the start of the year that urgent action needed to be taken to save lives and safeguard future development. Now is the critical moment with food stores all but gone and people worn down by months of having nothing to eat."

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Caritas video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB2g-pASdCc&list=UUN7MvrHoSqI5RjV-urE1usw&index=3&feature=plcp