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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.

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Sep 3, 2017 Lillian Kraemer
Aug 31, 2017 Mariana Lukacova
Aug 30, 2017 Carolina Nunes
Aug 29, 2017 Gil Hackel
Aug 23, 2017 Katrina Shawley
Aug 23, 2017 Diane M McCoy
Aug 16, 2017 Paola Moretti
Aug 15, 2017 Debbie Meadows
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Aug 9, 2017 Julie Textor
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Aug 1, 2017 Nancy Cohen
Jul 25, 2017 marianne louvet
Jul 25, 2017 annick louvet
Jul 23, 2017 Doug Gemmell
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Jul 11, 2017 chris barrand
Jul 8, 2017 Edward FLOUNOY
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Jun 22, 2017 André Henrique Bacci
Jun 20, 2017 Stacy Wykle
Jun 12, 2017 Léa Le Brizaut
May 30, 2017 Sophie Miranda
May 30, 2017 Susana Osorno
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 20, 2017 Patrizia Lazzeri 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.
May 16, 2017 Sabrina Degasperi
May 4, 2017 Amina Jamal
May 1, 2017 Howard Block
Apr 25, 2017 Lora Hamman
Apr 18, 2017 Chika Makise
Apr 12, 2017 Sarina Mathis
Apr 8, 2017 Valéria Menicucci
Apr 5, 2017 Emily Ettinger
Apr 4, 2017 Darren Mitton
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Apr 4, 2017 Jeffrey Bains
Apr 3, 2017 Micki Sutton
Apr 1, 2017 Michalla Sutton
Mar 30, 2017 Thao Vu
Mar 26, 2017 Kristin Sullivan
Mar 24, 2017 Kat Gallagher
Mar 23, 2017 Russell Jackson
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Mar 20, 2017 Anitra Gordon
Mar 17, 2017 Victoria Peyser
Mar 17, 2017 Erika Czelenk
Mar 17, 2017 Andreas Zimmermann
Mar 16, 2017 Helen Ryan

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