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Good morning, this is Pip. Today, as part of our ongoing series on water security, we’re taking a closer look at the Sahel region where escalating conflict and extreme weather worsened by climate change are threatening millions of people with a water crisis. We explore how local communities are key to protecting water access in the region, and harnessing its power to build peace.

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Pip Cook


💧Water as an instrument of peace in the Sahel

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People queue for water in the Pissila displacement camp north of the capital Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (Credit: Keystone/Marwa Awad/WFP via AP)

The Sahel has been gripped by a security crisis for over a decade which continues to spread across West Africa, threatening the lives and livelihoods of some 80 million people who currently reside in the region.

Water has been one of the most catastrophic victims of the crisis, where the combination of escalating violence, dwindling resources due to climate change and mismanagement of water sources has left many communities cut off from water access entirely.

But while the region continues to plunge into greater insecurity, local actors are working to improve water access amid the conflict, and harness the power of water as a driver of peace between fractured communities.

So how can local actors be empowered to take back control of their water, and what role do international actors have to play?

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