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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 14,632
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

Feb 19, 2017 Tammy Ferrell
Feb 16, 2017 leslie shellberg
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Feb 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 3, 2017 Brian Le Flem
Jan 30, 2017 Amedeo Scircoli
Jan 29, 2017 Kathleen Shabi
Jan 29, 2017 libby berman
Jan 23, 2017 Ingrid Bichler
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Jan 21, 2017 julian zrnic
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Jan 20, 2017 Jody Lewis-Zajac
Jan 15, 2017 Igor Balint
Jan 14, 2017 Janine Corday
Jan 10, 2017 Sue Jackson
Jan 10, 2017 Maryse Savard
Jan 7, 2017 Tracy Birrell
Jan 6, 2017 Rachel Hardy
Jan 6, 2017 Lisa Porter Please partner with other privately funded organizations able to provide water, sanitation and food support.
Jan 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jan 4, 2017 caroline morrison
Jan 2, 2017 Lorenza Falcinella
Dec 31, 2016 J.I. Castellino
Dec 28, 2016 Cecilia Tanaka
Dec 22, 2016 Robert Stroud
Dec 19, 2016 Sharon Sutton
Dec 15, 2016 Claudia Köhler
Dec 14, 2016 Libby+Esther Berman
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

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