Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mostafa is a recognized director known for a number of successful films including City of Life. He recently teamed up with Oxfam to turn his attention towards humanitarian acts in a number of places, most notably the Sahel region of Africa.

In the Sahel, almost 20 million people across Mali, Senegal, Mauritania, Niger, Gambia, Burkina Faso, northern Nigeria, and Chad are suffering from inconsistent rainfall, which is leading to poor harvests, high food prices and water shortages, something that has always been a major crisis in the Sahel region.

In 2011, Ali went on a 5-day trip to Mali with Oxfam to help provide education and food to the children of Mali. “People in Mali are running out of food – just like those in Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Chad. While the world looks the other way, 18.4 million people are going hungry. Children will die in huge numbers if we don’t act now – and this can be avoided if we are all pulling in the same direction", said Mostafa on his visit to Mali.

Watch the video below, as well as some behind the scenes photos of Ali visiting an education project in Mali:

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