Tell Congress: Invest in ending violence

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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.

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My Message

Dear Member of Congress,

I am writing today to urge you to cosponsor the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018.

The scale of global violence is staggering, and its effects are threatening global peace and security. According to the World Health Organization, preventable forms of violence kill at least 1.4 million people each year and cause debilitating physical and mental harm to millions more. Global violence has also led to the largest displacement crisis since the Second World War with an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world driven from their homes.

According to the Institute for Economics and Peace, violence containment costs the global economy $14.3 trillion a year, or 13.4 percent of the world’s GDP. If violence were to decrease uniformly across the world by just 10 percent, the global economy would gain $1.43 trillion each year.

Passing the Global Fragility and Violence Reduction Act of 2018 will position the U.S. government to get ahead of the curve by supporting fragile states to withstand conflict and to prevent future crises. The Act promises to improve the way the U.S. government does business by bringing greater coherence to U.S. foreign assistance to prevent violence around the world.

I sincerely hope you consider cosponsoring this vital legislation. Thank you.

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