People living in the Sahel Region of Africa have a lot to contend with. The number of armed conflicts in the region is growing and many of them extend beyond national borders. The violence has forced nearly two million people from their homes.

Children of the Sahel Region of Africa

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In the places where these people have taken refuge, public services like hospitals and schools are struggling to accommodate both the locals and new arrivals. But with societies so destabilized, these services – and the economies as a whole – are not getting the help they need.

What's more, climate change is drying up wells and turning pastures and fields to dust, leading to tension between farmers and herders. At every turn, people have to overcome obstacles just to keep going.