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Goal: 15,000 Progress: 12,085
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


Aug 28, 2015 Farrah Townsend
Aug 24, 2015 Celina Silva
Aug 21, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Aug 20, 2015 Yvonne Christison
Aug 20, 2015 Anne Raymond
Aug 20, 2015 Angela Watson
Aug 17, 2015 Joanna Skoczylas
Aug 16, 2015 lorraine wilson
Aug 10, 2015 Paul-Denis Clermont
Aug 10, 2015 Aurelia Serbia They also need money for immediate emergencies- like food, shelter and water. It is possible to do both support their immediate and long term needs.
Aug 10, 2015 laurence haubtmann
Aug 6, 2015 Franz Owczarek
Aug 5, 2015 Susan Scherer-Hicks
Aug 4, 2015 valkyrie weathers
Aug 4, 2015 Judith Emerson Malnourished children cannot develop properly and may also be damaged intellectually. Please help the people of the Sahel so they will be able to care for themselves in the future! Thank you.
Aug 3, 2015 kim wilbur
Aug 3, 2015 Maritza Montero
Aug 3, 2015 Erin Hanna
Aug 3, 2015 Catheryn Sproull Teach a person to fish and they will b fed for a life time.
Aug 3, 2015 Maria Simao
Aug 2, 2015 Rachel Nichols
Aug 2, 2015 Martha Kubik
Aug 2, 2015 Omkar Naga Jaya
Aug 2, 2015 MJ Anderson
Aug 2, 2015 Deborah Crowell
Aug 1, 2015 Vici Duncan
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Jul 31, 2015 Abdullah ibn Musa Islam
Jul 31, 2015 Brian & Judy Poole
Jul 31, 2015 Wm Higbee
Jul 30, 2015 Lorena Songcayawon
Jul 30, 2015 Laurie Fisher
Jul 29, 2015 B W
Jul 24, 2015 Tracy Knapp
Jul 24, 2015 Yasiu Kruszynski
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 Cynthia Cabell
Jul 24, 2015 Suzanne Pena
Jul 24, 2015 Denny Vanstone
Jul 24, 2015 Gertrud Bessai
Jul 24, 2015 G. G. Johnson
Jul 24, 2015 Loreto Fillat
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 Marjorie Coey Sustainability and support as well as education is the only future to combat terrorism.
Jul 24, 2015 Lynette Espinoza If people have access to water and can produce their own food their survival is insured. These people fight every day just for survival. Can the USAID please do all they can to help the Sahelians become more self-sufficient?
Jul 24, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jul 24, 2015 Paula Lall
Jul 24, 2015 Carol Sherwell
Jul 24, 2015 Paul Siemering
Jul 24, 2015 Diana Anderson

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