Today we face a crisis of global violence of epic proportions. According to the OECD, in the past 15 years, 3.3 billion people—almost half of the world’s population—have been exposed to political violence. The human costs of the conflict in Syria continue to climb after seven years of relentless war. Families in South Sudan and Yemen continue to suffer from hunger and the possibility of famine because of chronic violence.
At Mercy Corps, we see a brighter future. To stem the world’s rise in violence, members of the United States Congress from both sides of the aisle have recently introduced the Global Fragility & Violence Reduction Act.
The bill requires the administration to develop a strategy for preventing violence in fragile states. By establishing a new process to identify the causes of conflict and reallocating resources to address them, this act will help more effectively prevent violence and reduce its enormous cost on children and families.
Act now to urge your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 and end violence around the world now.