"GENEVA -- United Nations officials are urging the international community to extend immediate help to millions of hungry and thirsty people in the Sahel region of West Africa, warning that a humanitarian disaster is near."
"'We are appealing, all of us, for an end to global indifference that we have found so far,' said Anthony Lake, executive director of the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF. Lake was speaking Tuesday at a news conference in Geneva with officials from the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Health Organization.
'I know that there is a certain fatigue,' said Lake. 'I have read comments in blogs and elsewhere that "here we go again; once more a famine; once more African children are dying; once more there is an appeal for help."'"