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Sponsored by: The Hunger Site

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


Jul 20, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 19, 2016 Susan Armistead, M.D.
Jul 18, 2016 Dat Tran
Jul 17, 2016 Marga Childs
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2016 Jackie Cudney
Jul 16, 2016 sara elkins
Jul 16, 2016 Nicole Montgomery
Jul 16, 2016 Susan Walsh
Jul 16, 2016 Dee Lindblom
Jul 16, 2016 Sandra Veillette It is beyond vocabulary how some people suffer. The West, any of the richer nations, like Switzerland and the US should help alleviate misery in the world, in the Sahel.
Jul 16, 2016 Diana Spencer
Jul 16, 2016 Pamela Justice
Jul 16, 2016 Chuck Coffrin
Jul 16, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Jul 16, 2016 louis gauci
Jul 16, 2016 Diane Chavez Please promote long term solutions to help in Sahel's recovery. Thanks
Jul 16, 2016 Carol Bogerd
Jul 16, 2016 Patricia Wirth-Nugent
Jul 16, 2016 Sheila Ganz
Jul 16, 2016 Nancy Hayes
Jul 16, 2016 Erma Lewis
Jul 16, 2016 Kirsten Brabrand
Jul 16, 2016 Claire Chambers
Jul 16, 2016 Lise Gijsen
Jul 16, 2016 Evelyn Leslie
Jul 16, 2016 janet solomon
Jul 16, 2016 carolyn adams
Jul 16, 2016 Liliana Rodriguez
Jul 16, 2016 Pilar Olsen
Jul 16, 2016 Susan MacDonald
Jul 16, 2016 Marilyn Beckett
Jul 16, 2016 Rukaya Hetu
Jul 16, 2016 Vivien Wass
Jul 16, 2016 Susan Busch
Jul 16, 2016 Connie Walker
Jul 16, 2016 Juanita Leone
Jul 16, 2016 joy leonard
Jul 16, 2016 Marco palomba
Jul 16, 2016 Dena Leavengood
Jul 16, 2016 Kathryn Tarpey
Jul 16, 2016 DAVID Overton
Jul 16, 2016 Thomas Nikolopoulos
Jul 12, 2016 Andrea Rematore
Jul 12, 2016 Walter Schultz
Jul 11, 2016 Alex Carr
Jul 8, 2016 Baylee Markwell
Jun 30, 2016 Tracy Schalk
Jun 29, 2016 casey muhs
Jun 29, 2016 Marjatta Hartzell Oforji

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