Target: President Obama
Goal: Tell Congress to send humanitarian aid to South Sudan which faces an impending famine
A devastating famine is emerging in South Sudan due to an ongoing civil war. According to the United Nations, more than a third of the population of South Sudan is at risk of severe food insecurity. The UN Security Council recently stated that the food situation in South Sudan is “the worst in the world”. The United States needs to send aid to South Sudan in order to save as many lives as possible.
Although many Americans think that the US spends too much on foreign aid, this is a misconception. Less than one percent of the USA’s gross domestic product is sent overseas to help people in other countries.
South Sudan is the newest country in the world, having become its own nation in 2011. South Sudanese children are dying every day. Children are the most at risk during famines and the UN’s Children Fund (UNICEF) estimates that 50,000 children could die from acute malnutrition. A recent report by the World Food Programme states that almost four million people in South Sudan are in crisis levels of food insecurity. As rebel soldiers storm and raze villages, inhabitants are forced to flee and usually cannot feed themselves for long. Many of these refugees rely on international aid to keep living, yet there is not enough forthcoming. As the Washington Post states, “In the early phases of a crisis, pressure on decision-makers is low because public awareness is similarly low.” We need to raise public awareness about the famine in South Sudan before more lives are lost to starvation.
Please urge Congress and the president to send humanitarian aid to South Sudan before more lives are lost.
Dear President Obama,
The food crisis in South Sudan is nothing less than catastrophic and the UN has described it as “the worst in the world”. More than a third of the population is at risk of severe food insecurity and acute malnutrition.
Many children are dying there every day. As the newest country in the world, we must support South Sudan and encourage its growth and democracy. Due to the ongoing conflict, the country is already in turmoil. Do not let more of its people die by neglecting to send a meaningful level of humanitarian aid.
Less than one percent of the United States of America’s gross domestic product is spent on foreign aid. Please help our brothers in South Sudan by providing substantial humanitarian aid.
[Your Name Here]
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