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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 14,538
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


Sep 29, 2016 Franca Faustini
Sep 28, 2016 Dee Ann Neely
Sep 22, 2016 Charmaine MacDonald
Sep 21, 2016 Lorri Goldman
Sep 16, 2016 cindy stein
Sep 15, 2016 Lauren Clayton
Sep 15, 2016 Maryanne Thompson
Sep 15, 2016 Barbara Gale
Sep 15, 2016 Gloriana Roig
Sep 15, 2016 Virginia Dempsey
Sep 15, 2016 Roberta Smith
Sep 14, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Sep 14, 2016 Красноярск Gnc
Sep 13, 2016 Dean OBrien
Sep 6, 2016 Sam McLeod
Sep 4, 2016 Kathy Shimata
Sep 4, 2016 Roxanne Pranger
Sep 1, 2016 Keith D'Alessandro
Aug 28, 2016 Raleigh koritz
Aug 22, 2016 (Name not displayed)
Aug 22, 2016 bill smith
Aug 19, 2016 Mayara Andressa
Aug 16, 2016 CAROLE SHERMAN
Aug 9, 2016 Cheryl Fanson
Aug 5, 2016 Raphaël PONCE
Jul 30, 2016 Carolyn Crawford
Jul 27, 2016 melitta donà
Jul 24, 2016 Colette Ryan
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

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