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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 14,600
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In July of 2013, South Sudan marked two years of independence, but for the millions who continue to face famine, disease, displacement, and crippling poverty will be hard pressed to find any reason to celebrate. Some 11.3 million Sahelians are estimated to be short of food this year, and as of May 2013, 345,000 acutely malnourished children have been treated via UNICEF and NGO-run nutrition centers. Despite these avenues of nutritional support, statistics show malnutrition rates of more than 10 percent in almost all of the countries, and above the 15 percent in parts of Chad, Mauritania, and Niger. Water and sanitation are also ongoing concerns.

Civil unrest in the Sahel has contributed to its decline; terrorism and violence have forced millions of people to flee their homes, and constant drought and widespread famine make escaping those danger impossible.

We can't throw short-term ideas at the problem; we must help promote the structural development of the Sahel's nations to help them build sustainable communities that are resilient to civil issues.

This means investing in initiatives that develop agricultural productivity and access to food and water, and helping citizens prepare for potential drought.

Write to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) asking it addresses the foundational causes of the Sahel's issues rather than simply responding to the immediate emergency there.

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Dear USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah:

The ingredients of a crisis have all come together to create a dangerously critical situation in the Sahel region of Africa. Widespread civil unrest has caused millions of people to flee their homes in search of safer accommodations, but in the Sahel, there is virtually no such thing.

Drought and subsequent famine rage through the region, to the degree that 11.3 million Sahelians are estimated to be short of food this year and 1.5 million children are acutely malnourished. People like children and the elderly whose immune systems are already compromised are at especially high risk of sickness and death from lack of water and adequate nutrition.

But while violence cannot be predicted, we can anticipate drought and famine. Instead of throwing billions of dollars at an immediate emergency, we need to help nations within the Sahel rebuild their infrastructures, from the ground up, in an effort to push them into food and water independence.

This means investing in programs that encourage agricultural productivity and access to food and water. It means helping Sahel Africans spot and prepare for potential food insecurity.

Please continue to aid in the Sahel's recovery by promoting long-term solutions that tackle issues at their core.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures


Nov 26, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Nov 24, 2016 Sissel Frettim
Nov 24, 2016 tia pearson
Nov 23, 2016 Claudia Moorman
Nov 20, 2016 Diana Noel-Labieniec
Nov 10, 2016 Beverly Leath
Nov 10, 2016 Eve Delmonte
Nov 10, 2016 Libby berman
Nov 4, 2016 Bonnie Steiger
Nov 2, 2016 Gen Agustsson
Oct 31, 2016 marilyn karwoski
Oct 26, 2016 Sylvia Grosso
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2016 Georgan Gregg
Oct 25, 2016 William Ronald We must help the people of the Sahel build sustainable communities.
Oct 25, 2016 gang liu
Oct 25, 2016 ANA MARIA
Oct 25, 2016 Marie Hood
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2016 MaryEdna Salvi
Oct 25, 2016 David Antos
Oct 25, 2016 Charlotte Gardiner
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2016 Debbie Verdugo
Oct 25, 2016 Janet Doyle
Oct 25, 2016 Dona LaSchiava IT IS LONG OVERDUE FOR SMART HUMANITARIAN AID! “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2016 Brad Horner
Oct 25, 2016 Brian Avery Dear mr. Shah, On behalf of the Sahelians and our common humanity, PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING in helping solve and implement long-term solutions to remedy the problems being faced. Thank you very much.
Oct 25, 2016 George & Sue Major
Oct 25, 2016 Jennie deBeausset
Oct 25, 2016 Emanuel Pestana
Oct 25, 2016 Donna Cross
Oct 25, 2016 Sylvia Castle
Oct 25, 2016 Jana Baber
Oct 25, 2016 Mafer ARAMBULA
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Oct 25, 2016 Connie Swanson
Oct 25, 2016 Esther Chavez
Oct 25, 2016 Pam Novotny
Oct 25, 2016 Christopher Lake
Oct 25, 2016 Donna Connery
Oct 25, 2016 Mary Harris
Oct 25, 2016 (Name not displayed) Please.....children are starving!
Oct 25, 2016 Bernie Scala
Oct 25, 2016 Wei Liu Help.Do.
Oct 25, 2016 C. Marshall
Oct 25, 2016 Sandra Elaissen
Oct 25, 2016 Francis Leigh-Anne
Oct 25, 2016 Berenice Guedes de Sá

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