The war in South Sudan has caused many to run from home to save their lives. However, with 1 million people displaced in camps, the fields are not being cultivated. Violence rages on, people are unable to plant their crops, and the United Nations humanitarian mission is underfunded. The clock is ticking down to starvation.

Since 2008, I have been involved in humanitarian work in South Sudan. I know and love the people of this nation, and I will not sit by and watch a preventable crisis unfold without calling on key players to act. In our modern age, famine is preventable if we, as an international community, are proactive.

Please join me in calling on American leaders to release funding to UN humanitarian mission in South Sudan immediately to help prevent a catastrophic and needless loss of human lives. The petition below (citing The New York Times) will be sent to the President of the United States and members of the Congressional Committees on Appropriations and Foreign Relations/Foreign Affairs:

South Sudan needs $230 million in international aid in the next 60 days or it will face the worst starvation in Africa since the 1980s, when hundreds of thousands of people died in Ethiopia’s famine, the United Nations official coordinating humanitarian aid in South Sudan warned on Thursday.“We’re in a race against time,” the coordinator, Toby Lanzer, told reporters in Geneva. In a stark message to world leaders, he said, “Invest now or pay later.”About 3.7 million people, close to one-third of the total population, are already at severe risk of starvation in South Sudan, a crisis now ranked by the United Nations on par with Syria’s, Mr. Lanzer said. He appealed for only the most essential needs, food, water, seeds and farming tools, to allow the South Sudanese to plant crops before the end of May, when rains bring the planting season to an end.

The United Nations is seeking $1.27 billion for South Sudan for 2014, but received only $385 million in the first quarter of 2014, less even than in the equivalent period of 2013.

“If we miss the planting season, there will be a catastrophic decline in food security,” Mr. Lanzer said. “What will strike that country, and it will hit about seven million people, will be more grave than anything that continent has seen since the mid-1980s.”

We can prevent a catastrophic famine and unreasonable loss of human lives only if we act now. Please release funding immediately to the United Nation’s humanitarian mission in South Sudan.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

 

You can read for a deeper understanding of the current situation here, or you can take a few minutes to remember the victims of the historic famine of 1984 and the manmade famine of 2010-2012.

We can prevent a catastrophic famine and unreasonable loss of human lives only if we act now. Please join me in this urgent call to our leaders. Sign and share this petition with all who value human life.

Sign Petition

 

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About Jennie Joy

I'm a lover and truth-seeker. This blog is a place for me to share my thoughts, struggles, and sincere searchings as I get to know God and welcome the reality of His kingdom in and through me.

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