Last year was grim for civilians trapped in violent conflict. Families in South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia barely made it through a nearly year-long threat of famine.
Last year was grim for civilians trapped in violent conflict. Families in South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia barely made it through a nearly year-long threat of famine.

Tell Congress: Invest in Ending Violence

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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.

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My Message

Dear Member of Congress,

I am writing to urge you to cosponsor H.R. 5273, The Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 introduced by Reps. Elliot Engel (D-NY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Mike McCaul (R-TX), Adam Smith (D-WA), Paul Cook (R-CA) and Bill Keating (D-MA).

The world is facing a 25-year peak in violent conflict. Right now, an adolescent is killed by an act of violence every seven minutes somewhere in the world. Violent conflict is the main cause of extreme poverty, human suffering, and global displacement, yet only 1% of global foreign assistance goes to programs that target violence reduction and peacebuilding. As a result of this underinvestment, the world now spends $14.3 trillion/year on violence containment.

As a taxpayer, I expect the U.S. government to spend foreign assistance dollars as wisely as possible. And as a Mercy Corps supporter, I know that communities can transform in the face of violence – managing violence in their communities at a fraction of the cost of U.S. military or humanitarian interventions.

If more U.S. foreign assistance can be spent on evidence-based approaches to reduce and prevent the types of horrific violence we see on the news each night, Congress should be doing everything in its power to make that happen. This is why I support the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018.

I sincerely hope you will cosponsor this legislation, and I would be more than happy to work with your office to help bring more of your constituents onboard to support its passage through Congress.

Sincerely,

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