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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.

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May 1, 2016 Dolores Bonanno
May 1, 2016 Shannon Sicocan
May 1, 2016 Kat Karnes
Apr 28, 2016 Jodi Thomas
Apr 27, 2016 Nicola Thomasson
Apr 23, 2016 robin karlsson
Apr 21, 2016 Garry Lough
Apr 20, 2016 Kelly Garrett
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Apr 18, 2016 Mark Turner
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Apr 12, 2016 Jackie Bade
Apr 12, 2016 Roneta Karmonaite
Apr 11, 2016 Amber Stephens
Apr 8, 2016 Angela LaRochelle
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Apr 4, 2016 Kristine Cormier
Apr 3, 2016 bhavani saravanan
Apr 1, 2016 Jill Russell
Mar 31, 2016 P Weinkauf
Mar 28, 2016 Heather Jacobsen
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Mar 22, 2016 Neal Ryder
Mar 22, 2016 Erin Glenning
Mar 21, 2016 Allison Wehrle
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Mar 20, 2016 marcie betterton
Mar 20, 2016 yvonne points
Mar 18, 2016 Lynda Seeley
Mar 16, 2016 Sharon Pugh
Mar 16, 2016 Huney Goh
Mar 12, 2016 Brandon Danaher
Mar 11, 2016 Karen Flanagan An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure
Mar 10, 2016 Penelope de Villiers
Mar 10, 2016 Lorraine Costea
Mar 10, 2016 Debra Kowalski I hope one day these people won't have to struggle every day for those things we in the U. S. take for granted
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Mar 10, 2016 Janna Graves
Mar 10, 2016 Cecelia Ferrufino
Mar 10, 2016 Brenda Webster
Mar 10, 2016 bill o'connell
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Mar 10, 2016 Gertrud Bessai Please listen carefully to what the Obamas have been saying - we need to prepare and prevent and not react desperately after the disaster!!
Mar 10, 2016 Susan Schueller

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