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UNHCR launches $186mn crisis appeal for Sahel region

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<p>The United Nations Refugee Agency has launched a $186 dollar crisis appeal for the Sahel region.</p> <p>The fund will mainly provide lifesaving protection and assistance to refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees and host communities in the Central Sahel region.</p> <p>The appeal includes the 97 million dollar in initial requirements for 2020, $29 million to implement <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 prevention and response measures and additional $60 million to scale up the <span class="caps">UNHCR</span>’s emergency response as part of its Sahel strategy.</p> <p>Through this appeal, the Agency will be able to provide people who have fled wars and persecution and for the hosts that have been gracious to them.</p> <p>There are 3.1 million refugees, internally displaced persons, returnees and people at risk of statelessness in the Sahel. </p> <p>The Governments of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Niger and Mauritania pledged to provide protection and solutions for these groups when they signed the Bamako Declaration in October 2019. </p> <p><strong>AP</strong></p>