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How the Ukraine war is putting millions of lives at risk in ...

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How the Ukraine war is putting millions of lives at risk in Africa

Aid agencies face massive cutbacks as donors refocus funding amid war-induced refugee crisis and soaring costs

Edward McAllister

A small charity broke ground this year on a clinic in northern Burkina Faso to care for thousands of women and children who have fled Islamist insurgents wreaking havoc along the fringes of the Sahara.

But when Russia invaded Ukraine in February, global supply chains buckled and the cost of building materials, fuel and food spiked in West Africa. The charity’s founder, Boukary Ouedraogo, was forced to make a tough decision: he halted construction of the clinic with only the foundations laid.

Similar calls are being made across Sub-Saharan Africa, where aid projects are threatened by the fallout from the war in Ukraine, potentially putting millions of lives at risk...

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