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Updates from the Sahel

Despite the dedication and efforts of humanitarian forces, the crisis in the Sahel continues to deepen, spreading hunger, malnutrition, impoverishment, and conflict across the region. The area, which spans parts of Chad, Mauritania and Niger, suffers from long-term food insecurity and displacement due to severe drought.

According to IRIN News, some 11.3 million Sahelians are estimated to be short of food this year and 1.5 million children under five are acutely malnourished. The need for aid reaches many sectors including agriculture, livestock vaccinations, water and sanitation, health, education and recovery.

You can help.

Donate directly to help the ongoing relief efforts in the Sahel through our Gift that Gives More. Your contribution provides food, clean water, and emergency aid to families caught in this crisis -- and will then help provide long-term solutions to help the people of the Sahel withstand the cycles of drought and hunger that plague the region. Donate now.

You can also make your voice heard by signing our petitions.

Promote Peace in the Sahel: Urge Congress to develop strategies for long term solutions to the regional crisis. Your signature will ask the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to address the foundational causes perpetrating the unrest and insecurity in the region, rather than using stopgap, temporary aid which does not offer a long-term, sustainable path to peace and security. Sign the petition.

Help End the Global Food Crisis: Urge the U.S. and U.N. to recognize the right to food. With approximately 963 million undernourished people worldwide, it's apparent that issues of hunger and nutrition extend far beyond the borders of the Sahel. Sign the petition to show your support for eliminating hunger and the international community to recognize the right to food. Sign the petition.

With your support, we can make a meaningful impact upon the lives affected by the devastating drought in the Sahel.

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