In a humanitarian crisis, relief agencies need rapid answers to questions about 'where'. Where are the greatest needs? Where are the gaps that need to be filled? MapAction is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works in disaster zones providing frequently updated situation maps showing where relief help is most urgently needed.
The Sahel, in Burkina Faso is facing an unprecedented crisis situation since 2005. A deficit of cereal production is exposing vulnerable people and children to acute malnutrition due to high food prices and the lack of food security. Moreover, as a result of recent instability and the conflict in northern Mali, thousands of people have fled their homes to seek refuge from ethnic tensions and violent clashes.