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Save the Children Canada

July 12, 2012 09:42 ET

Need a Source? Sahel Hunger Emergency & Mali Refugee Crisis

Save the Children Canada's Patricia Erb Visits Burkina Faso

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2012) - The Sahel region of West and Central Africa is in the throes of a hunger and refugee crisis. Over 18 million people are in the midst a severe food crisis and the lives of over one million children are at risk. The UN Refugee Agency reports that over 200,000 Malians are now refugees from political turmoil at home, fleeing to countries already struggling to cope with the hunger emergency.

Save the Children the leading independent children's organization working in 120 countries has been urgently trying to prevent this crisis and save lives since the early warning signs in 2011. President and CEO, Patricia Erb will be visiting Burkina Faso to assess two of the many Save the Children emergency response projects across the reason.

Who: Patricia Erb, President and CEO - Save the Children Canada
What: (July 16) - Patricia will visit the Gandafabou camp for Malian refugees located along Burkina Faso's northern border. Save the Children will soon start a child protection and education program in the camp. Patricia will meet with the administrators of the camp and she will speak with the children who will benefit from program.
(July 17)- She will also be visiting emergency nutrition programming in Kaya District in central Burkina Faso. As the crisis has worsened the Save the Children supported program at the Kaya District Hospital has had to shift their treatment focus to address the growing number of acutely malnourished children. Patricia will meet with doctors, emergency nutrition specialists and families of children fighting to survive.
When: Patricia will in Burkina Faso from July 14 - 18, 2012
Where: Gandafabou Refugee Camp, Kaya District, Ouagadougou
Why: 18 million people overall and 1 million children at risk due to hunger crisis and more than 200, 000 people displaced

Save the Children is a member of The HUMANITARIAN COALITION. The HUMANITARIAN COALITION is comprised of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children. With a combined presence in more than 120 countries, we bring together Canada's leading aid agencies to finance relief efforts in times of international humanitarian crises. We work together to reduce administrative costs by uniting to raise funds and inform the public on humanitarian needs. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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