A food crisis is now gripping the Sahel region of West Africa. A host of factors–including erratic rainfall, increased food prices, meager harvests, and the lingering effects from an earlier food crisis in 2010–have put more than 18 million people (including more than 1 million children) at risk of hunger. After months of warning, governments, including the United States, are not acting swiftly enough. Meanwhile, more people are experiencing hunger as a daily reality with no end in sight.
Here's what you can do to help (and save lives!):
We ask that you sign an online petition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging her to schedule an emergency aid conference for the Sahel. The online petition doesn't take long to fill out and costs absolutely nothing.
Donate to Oxfam America! Oxfam and partners are providing emergency aid to provide clean drinking water, improving access to food resources, supporting the health of livestock, and providing aid to refugees. Donating also takes very little time to complete and you can choose your amount. Whether its $5, $10, or even $25 - you can rest assured that your donation is focusing on practical, long-term food security solutions.