Ewan McGregor is the latest star to record a PSA calling for aid in the Sahel region of West Africa.
The UNICEF ambassador has added his voice to stars such as Selena Gomez and Mia Farrow in raising awareness of the drought that has caused severe crop failures and food shortages across West Africa. UNICEF estimates over 1 million children under the age of five will suffer from severe acute malnutrition in 2012. The aid agency has launched a campaign to raise US$120 million to help relieve the effects of the drought, but only 66% of that total has been raised so far.
“Children in the Sahel region of West Africa are at risk of starving to death. Drought, failed harvests and increasing insecurity have created a humanitarian crisis on the verge of disaster,” said Ewan in his PSA. “We can stop these children from dying. UNICEF is the largest provider of emergency life-saving food for children in the region, but we have to do more before it’s too late.”
To watch Ewan’s PSA, click below.