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Donors Pony Up For Humanitarian Appeal in the Sahel

Last year, the appeal only reached 60% of its required funding level. Competing with Syria this year will make the fundraising even more difficult. “The United Nations appealed on Monday for more than $2 billion to feed and care for a record 20 million people across Africa’s Sahel belt, but aid workers said they feared donor fatigue and a weak global recovery may prevent them from reaching the target. Conflicts in Mali, Nigeria, Sudan and Central African Republic have disrupted markets and caused food shortages across the savannah region, the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has warned.” (Reuters

Tacloban, Philippines: Three Months On

The Typhoon recovery is not going well. The New York Times takes a deep dive into the hard struck city. “Nearly three months after the some of the strongest sustained winds ever recorded drove ashore a wall of water up to 25 feet high, this once-thriving university town and provincial capital shows relatively few signs of economic recovery despite an international rescue effort. At night, it is mainly plunged into darkness, and the few temporary houses completed by the government have been declared too cramped for human habitation.” (NYT