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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


Mar 1, 2015 Patricia Fuentes
Feb 28, 2015 N. Katayama
Feb 25, 2015 Suzie Stoltz
Feb 24, 2015 Richard Bosboom
Feb 21, 2015 Crystal Kimmel
Feb 20, 2015 Rachael Pappano
Feb 19, 2015 Monique Cardinal
Feb 19, 2015 mike hopkins
Feb 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2015 Eric Millard
Feb 10, 2015 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Feb 10, 2015 Linda McEachron-Taylor
Feb 10, 2015 David Murphy
Feb 10, 2015 Nanlouise Wolfe
Feb 5, 2015 Joan Christensen
Feb 5, 2015 Lola Schiefelbein
Feb 5, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Feb 5, 2015 Floyd Powell
Feb 5, 2015 Kalinke ten Hulzen
Jan 29, 2015 janine depkon
Jan 29, 2015 Luxcika Krishnapillai
Jan 29, 2015 William Tubilleja
Jan 29, 2015 Mary Tubilleja
Jan 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 29, 2015 Aleix Gonzalez
Jan 29, 2015 Sara Boissonnault
Jan 29, 2015 Kimberly Bouchard-Shapiro
Jan 29, 2015 Allan Booyjzsen 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.
Jan 29, 2015 EDITH LOBROT
Jan 29, 2015 Lubna Saied
Jan 29, 2015 Kate Franchimon
Jan 29, 2015 Randee Schwartz-Locke We have to do everything possible to help people in this situation to elevate & protect themselves from hunger & violence, as well as to help them be healthier. We must invest in these types of programs & give them the education to support themselves.
Jan 29, 2015 Dawn Bowers
Jan 29, 2015 Peter Glenister
Jan 29, 2015 Mary Hyland
Jan 29, 2015 Dave Mattozzi
Jan 28, 2015 Evelyn Mayo
Jan 27, 2015 Rebecca Tarr
Jan 25, 2015 Rebeca Rauda
Jan 25, 2015 Mary Luketich
Jan 22, 2015 Tresoldi Franco
Jan 21, 2015 Artem Vyzhenko
Jan 20, 2015 Cynthia Angulo
Jan 19, 2015 rebecca koo
Jan 19, 2015 emilio leone
Jan 19, 2015 Lucia Lima
Jan 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2015 Sharon Vickery
Jan 19, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Jan 19, 2015 Linc Conard

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