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Drought is inevitable, but Famine is not #ONE http://bit.ly/qIfRhi

Famine is the Real Obscenity

Fight the Famine, Feed the Future #ONE

To Whom It May Concern,

I’ve been known to drop the occasional expletive, but the most offensive F word to me is not the one that goes f***.  It’s F***** – the famine happening in the Horn of Africa, mainly Somalia.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to watch ONE’s new video “The F Word: Famine is the Real Obscenity” and in doing so sign the petition:

 

http://act.one.org/go/136?akid=2622.5380322.nOHk7e&t=3

Dear Members of Congress,

The famine in Somalia has killed 30,000 children in 3 months. In 2011 we have the opportunity to make famine a thing of the past. Lives are in your hands. Please fully fund Feed the Future and help break the cycle of famine for good.

The reasons for the famine in the Horn of Africa are complex and solutions are difficult, especially in Somalia, but we can’t lose sight of some simple facts:

1. 30,000 children have died in just 3 months.  Thirty thousand.  With over 12 million people at risk.

2. Famine is not a natural catastrophe – drought doesn’t have to lead to famine.  It can be prevented, as we have seen in much of Kenya and Ethiopia.

In the 21st century, it’s an obscenity that people are dying because they can’t get enough food to eat.  Every one of those 30,000 children is part of a family – a son, a daughter, sister or brother.  We can’t imagine what it must be like to starve to death, but most of us know what it’s like to lose someone we love.

Please watch the film and make use of the voice you have — sign the petition.  It will make a difference in putting pressure on world leaders to do more to help those in need right now, and live up to promises already made to invest in the things proven to work – early warning systems…irrigation…drought resistant seeds… and of course, peace and security.

Thanks for reading.

Bono

Drought is inevitable, but famine is not.

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 our petition to Congress calling on them to fund this vital program:

act.one.org/sign/hungry_no_more_us?referring_akid=2622.5380322.nOHk7e

We thank you

Africa, malaria, Aids, pneumonia, rotavirus, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS,  Ali-Hewson, Bob-Geldolf, Bono, Buddhism, Dalia-Lama, DATA, European-Union, Independent-Yoga, IndieYoga, Live-Aid, ONE-Campaign, PEACE-YOGA, United-States, Yoga, Indie-Yoga, Yoga-Regulation, Yoganomics, Roscoe Mapps

 

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