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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


May 21, 2015 Marilyn Mason
May 19, 2015 KEY KLAUS
May 19, 2015 Sharon Kirk
May 19, 2015 Caroline de Ville de Goyet
May 15, 2015 Denise Liebmann
May 14, 2015 Bonnie Royster
May 14, 2015 cathy Belanger
May 14, 2015 Roberto Angarita
May 14, 2015 Sharon Hawkins
May 14, 2015 David Parsons
May 13, 2015 Karyn Pederson
May 13, 2015 John Greive
May 13, 2015 (Name not displayed)
May 13, 2015 Nathan Tuil
May 13, 2015 (Name not displayed) No one should have to go through this!!
May 13, 2015 Pamela VanDeusen
May 13, 2015 Douglas Strobel
May 13, 2015 Sarah Soos
May 13, 2015 Adrienne De Paor
May 13, 2015 Jessica file
May 13, 2015 Arlita Perry
May 11, 2015 Mary Wheeler
May 8, 2015 Danielle Schultz
May 4, 2015 Stacy Ping
Apr 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 28, 2015 Karen Howard
Apr 28, 2015 David Bell
Apr 28, 2015 Anja Mielke
Apr 28, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 24, 2015 Arlene Arredondo
Apr 17, 2015 Christina Michael
Apr 16, 2015 Elizabeth Snyder~Baldonado
Apr 15, 2015 Anja Lehtiniemi
Apr 15, 2015 Crystal Graziano
Apr 12, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Apr 8, 2015 V. Truong
Apr 7, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 31, 2015 Juliet Francis
Mar 29, 2015 mara selaibe
Mar 29, 2015 (Name not displayed)
Mar 27, 2015 Kelly Inviere
Mar 25, 2015 C Stevens
Mar 24, 2015 Christine Obrien
Mar 24, 2015 Ann Beckett
Mar 24, 2015 Raymonde Daffe Au Sahel...créer des puits,mieux travailler ldes lopins de terrz.....AIDEZ-LES...
Mar 24, 2015 Claudine Lajoie
Mar 24, 2015 Michele Schwellinger
Mar 24, 2015 (Name not displayed) These are human beings, and we need to give them aid. We have ignored these people for too long. It is time to act and that time is NOW!! We can no longer allow humanity to suffer continuously without food and water. We should also start to make this
Mar 24, 2015 REBECCA LEMESNAGER Thank you for this opportunity

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