Last year was grim for civilians trapped in violent conflict. According to UNICEF, an adolescent was killed by an act of violence every seven minutes around the world. The human costs of the conflict in Syria continued to climb after nearly seven years of relentless war. Families in South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia barely made it through a nearly year-long threat of famine.
At Mercy Corps, we see a brighter future for 2018. Here in the United States, members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have recently introduced the Global Fragility & Violence Reduction Act to stem the world’s rise in violence.
This bill details options for increasing the amount of resources going into reducing violence, resolving conflict and building peace in select war-torn countries. By recommending more efficient uses of existing funds, this legislation works to secure more assistance for these communities to stamp out systemic violence and prevent human suffering in the future.
Act now to urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018.