FAQs

Frequently asked questions 

What does 'Sahel' mean?

The Sahel is a geographic region in Africa. It stretches from Mauritania on Africa's Atlantic coast to the Sudan and Ethiopia on the Red Sea. It is bordered to the north by the Sahara Desert and to the south by tropical Africa. This region contains some of the poorest countries in the world, according to the United Nations' Human Development Index.  

What does the 'SOS' in SOS Sahel Sudan stand for?

The 'SOS' in our name refers to the international Morse Code distress signal. The SOS Sahel International federation was born in response to the widespread drought in the Sahel region in the 1970s and 80s, therefore 'SOS' was used to rally international support for the region.