Correction: United Nations-Sahel story

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In a story Dec. 9 about the United Nations appealing for funding to help people facing a food crisis and violence in Sahel countries, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the U.N. and humanitarian agencies appealed for $2 million. The appeal was for $2 billion, not $2 million.

A corrected version of the story is below:

UN launches $2B appeal for countries along the Sahara

UN appeals for $2B to help millions facing food crisis in countries along the Sahara desert

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations and humanitarian agencies are appealing for nearly $2 billion to help millions of people facing malnutrition and violence in countries along the southern Sahara desert.

Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, Toby Lanzer, said Wednesday the humanitarian situation in the region is dire, and climate change, poverty and increased violence are undermining the futures of those living in its vulnerable countries. He said more than 23 million people will not have enough food to eat in 2016, and nearly 6 million children under five will face acute malnutrition.

Lanzer says the situation has worsened in the Lake Chad region, where Nigeria's Islamic extremist group Boko Haram is launching attacks. Insecurity in Mali also means refugees remain in neighboring countries.