Pledge Much-Needed Aid for Africa’s Thirsty Sahel

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Target: U.S. President Barack Obama, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, President of France François Hollande

Goal: Pledge to reach $1.5 billion in UN aid for Africa’s drought-stricken Sahel region.

18 million people desperately need food in Africa’s thirsty Sahel, yet UN calls for assistance go unanswered or unmet. The four countries that can make all the difference are the US, Japan, France and Germany. Urge these privileged countries to answer the UN’s plea and pledge their share of life-saving aid.

The Sahel region in West-Central Africa suffers from regular droughts, but due to climate change they have become more frequent each year. With each new drought, families are less capable of surviving. Continuous poor harvests have led to rising food prices, insecurity, violence, malnutrition and starvation.

The UN has issued a clear statement saying millions of lives could be saved if $1.5 billion in aid is channeled in immediately. Right now, the UN estimates that at least 1 million children are at risk of death, but so far, governments have pledged less than half of the needed assistance. More specifically, the UN has only received 43% of the required aid. Various countries, including the US, Japan, France and Germany, are either stalling or ignoring UN calls for help. It is unacceptable that powerful countries continue to disregard this human disaster.

Sign the petition below to urge the US, Japan France and Germany to pledge their fair share of the urgently needed aid and avert further catastrophe.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. President Barack Obama, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, President of France François Hollande,

18 million people desperately need food in Africa’s thirsty Sahel, yet UN calls for assistance have either gone unanswered or unmet. The US, Japan, France and Germany have the power to provide a fair share of life-saving aid.

The Sahel region in West-Central Africa suffers from regular droughts, but due to climate change they have become more frequent each year. With each new drought, families are less capable of surviving. Continuous poor harvests have led to rising food prices, insecurity, violence, malnutrition and starvation.

The UN has issued a clear statement saying millions of lives could be saved if $1.5 billion in aid is channeled in immediately. Right now, the UN estimates that at least 1 million children are at risk of death, but so far, governments have pledged less than half of the needed assistance. More specifically, the UN has only received 43% of the required aid. It is unacceptable that privileged countries continue to disregard this human disaster.

Please do all you can to avert further catastrophe for millions of people in Sahel by pledging your fair share of the life-saving aid.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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