Ambassador Janet Jackson: Jackson will be appearing in a Public Service Announcement and take to Twitter and Facebook accounts with a message that children in the hard-hit Sahel region of West and Central Africa — and must — have access to proper food and other basic necessities to save and improve their lives. UNICEF has appealed for $248 million for this year to address the needs of children affected by chronic drought, rising food prices, and conflict in the semi-arid Sahel, a belt of land south of the Sahara desert. “We are all facing a silent emergency. So many children are at risk of losing their lives in the Sahel region of Africa because they don’t have food to eat. We must act now to save and protect children at risk from malnutrition — not just in emergencies — but for today and forever. I commit my heart, my love, and my resources to this effort. With your help and the leadership of UNICEF, we will bring change to West and Central Africa,” said Jackson.