August 2012 Newsletter
|18 million people are desperate for food in Africa’s drought-struck Sahel, but urgent appeals for help are being met with deafening silence by governments worldwide. Senegalese musician Baaba Maal has started a petition to get the US, Japan, France and Germany to pledge their fair share of aid. Let’s join him— sign the urgent petition below and sound the massive alarm needed to shake these leaders into action:|
My name is Baaba Maal …
I’m a Senegalese musician writing with a personal plea for help. I live in Africa’s drought-struck Sahel region where 18 million people are on the brink of disaster, including 1 million children at risk of starvation. But our urgent appeals for help are being met with deafening silence. Only a targeted and overwhelming demand for action can stop this catastrophe from turning deadly.
The UN says millions of lives could be destroyed unless $1.5 billion in aid is channeled in immediately, but governments have pledged less than half the required sum. The countries who can make all the difference are the US, Japan, France and Germany, but they’re stalling — that’s why I started a petition on Avaaz‘s Community Petitions website to appeal to the world for help.
In days, world leaders will gather in Brussels to discuss the Sahel — if they decide right there and then to pledge their fair share, we can avert disaster. Sign this urgent petition now — Avaaz, Africans Act 4 Africa, and Oxfam will deliver it in a coordinated stunt when we reach 1 million signatures:
Terrible drought, political unrest, and sky high food prices have wreaked havoc on an area the size of the US, stretching from Senegal in the west all the way to Sudan in the east. People here are doing everything they can to survive, but the crisis has hit so hard that it’s difficult to stay hopeful. I’ve seen women and children trying to grow food in patches of land that are bone dry. They know that people are talking about what is happening in the Sahel, but they don’t know if aid will ever arrive.
The UN has only received 43 percent of the $1.5 billion needed — it’s a shortfall of gargantuan proportions. But this gap must be filled, and can be filled by the world’s richest countries, if there’s political will. We don’t have much time to avert mass suffering, and I’m determined to speak on behalf of the people here until they get the help they need.
The world has turned a blind eye to crises like this before, but this time we can make the difference between life and death by forcing our governments to respond. Sign this urgent petition now:
Avaaz members have come together time and time again to respond to natural disasters, saving thousands of lives by ensuring that crucial aid was delivered to Burma, Haiti, Somalia and Pakistan. We have the power to force our leaders to stop idling away in the face of a crisis we can prevent. Let’s stand together now to demand that the world respond to the pleas of the millions living in the vast Sahel region.
With hope and determination,
Baaba Maal, with the Avaaz team
A distress call from Africa’s Sahel: Millions might starve (CNN)
UN: 18 Million in West Africa to Go Hungry in 2012 (The Associated Press)
Meeting of like minds can save the hungry millions in Sahel (Sydney Morning Herald)
Baaba Maal: people in the Sahel region need food and water now (The Guardian)
Coming weeks critical to tackle Sahel hunger – U.N. humanitarian chief (AlertNet)
|No child should have to suffer from hunger and malnutrition. Find out how you can help change the course of history.
|Schoolchildren have become agents of change in Kenya to help bring some relief to their mothers shouldering this daily burden. Learn how here.
Ten million children die before their fifth birthday every year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of these deaths.
Hasana is a young mother in Niger who struggled to feed her 10-month-old daughter during the food crisis that gripped the Sahel region of Africa earlier this year. “I have no milk for her,” Hasana said. “When she cries, I give her millet mixed with water and milk, but it does not have the nourishment she needs.”
Suffering from severe malnutrition, baby Farida, was admitted to a health clinic supported by CARE just in time. CARE also helped Hasana through a program for pregnant and breastfeeding women. Today, both are fine. However, Farida’s future depends on whether Hasana will be able to provide the infant with the nutrition she needs to grow healthy and strong in the months and years to come.
Hasana needs a partner in her fight against hunger and poverty. Will you make a gift to CARE today? Here are just a few ways your tax-deductible gift can make a difference:
When women like Hasana are empowered to fulfill their potential, they invest in their families and work for lasting change. That’s why CARE works side-by-side with women in the fight against hunger and poverty in more than 70 countries around the world every single day of the year.
Please don’t wait for another crisis to help people like Hasana and Farida. Make a gift today to help empower women around the world create a brighter future for all.