"Millions of people are on the threshold of a major crisis. "
- MAMADOU BITEYEWest Africa Regional Director of the non-profit Oxfam, warning that unless urgent international action is taken, the drought in West Africa could turn into a humanitarian disaster affecting an estimated 13 million people
"People used to worry, 'Is Africa going to be poor forever?' Well, it doesn't really look like it, does it?"
- CHARLES KENNYof the Center for Global Development, on a World Bank report that found that, despite the global recession, extreme poverty rates fell in every developing region between 2005 and 2008
"The region could be plunged into chaos if the fighting continues."
- GAETAN MOOTOOAmnesty International West Africa researcher, on an emerging refugee crisis caused by escalating violence between Tuareg rebels and Mali's military
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