Friday, October 14, 2011

Obscene Famine

You might recognize most, if not all, of those celebrities in the video created by Bono and the ONE Campaign to prompt action from Congress and the citizens of the U.S. (and around the world) on the crisis in East Africa, particularly Somalia and Kenya.  Read more from Bread for the World. 

ONE is urging us to take action, and here's what you can do.
Drought is inevitable, but famine is not. The current crisis in the Horn of Africa is the result of a tragic combination of factors that are man-made, including abnormally high food prices, lack of governance and security in Somalia, and a historic lack of investment in long-term agricultural development in the Horn. Over the past few years, we lost the political will and public support necessary to prevent the famine – and its causes. As a consequence, tens of thousands of children have died.

We have also missed the opportunity to help 200 million people from poor farming families lift themselves out of poverty. Communities in Africa can cope with droughts and natural disasters. But we need donors to put resources toward seeds, irrigation and teaching farmers new growing techniques. We need leaders to invest in early warning systems and national social safety net programs.

Congress can help keep our commitment to farmers in developing countries by fully funding Feed the Future— a life-changing USAID initiative that is investing in long-term agricultural development and could help put an end to famine for good.

Please sign The ONE Campaign's petition to Congress calling on them to fund this vital program.

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