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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

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
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Apr 8, 2015 V. Truong
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Mar 31, 2015 Juliet Francis
Mar 29, 2015 mara selaibe
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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
Mar 24, 2015 Elizabeth Cabell
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Mar 19, 2015 Diane McCoy
Mar 17, 2015 Jan Adler
Mar 17, 2015 Anastasia Lamers
Mar 15, 2015 Sara Petrovčič
Mar 14, 2015 Jacob Yoss
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Mar 14, 2015 Christy DuCharme
Mar 14, 2015 Ruth Widmann
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Mar 14, 2015 Linda DeLaquil
Mar 14, 2015 Julie Martin
Mar 14, 2015 Debbie Robinson
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Mar 14, 2015 Sandra Bowerman
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Mar 14, 2015 Carole Emerson
Mar 14, 2015 Anna Jasiukiewicz
Mar 14, 2015 Valorie Henson
Mar 14, 2015 Kathleen Darland
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Mar 14, 2015 Ellen Segal

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