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Senator Young urges action to prevent African crisis

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U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Ben Cardin, D-My., have introduced a resolution calling for an “urgent and comprehensive diplomatic effort to address political obstacles in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen.”

Those obstacles, Young said in a statement released on Wednesday, “are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who desperately need it.”

The resolution specifically outlines “the dire conditions in each of these four regions” and urges the Administration to take specific steps to address these crises.

The statement noted that, on March 22, Yves Daccord, the Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross, testified that the crisis represents “one of the most critical humanitarian issues to face mankind since the end of the Second World War” and warned that “we are at the brink of a humanitarian mega-crisis unprecedented in recent history.”

And on Tuesday, Young pressed David O’Sullivan, delegation head for the European Union (EU) Mission to the U.S., regarding the EU’s steps to address the crisis.

According to that resolution, “Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are all in famine, pre-famine, or ‘at risk of famine’ stages” and ”20,000,000 people are at risk of starvation within the next six months.”

The resolution also states that “humanitarian crises in each of these regions are, to varying degrees, man-made and preventable--exacerbated by armed conflict, disregard for international humanitarian law, and deliberate restrictions on humanitarian access.”

The resolution accordingly urges the President to “encourage other governments to join the United States in providing the resources necessary to meet the $5,600,000,000 UNOCHA appeal to address the humanitarian crises in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen” and calls on parties to the conflicts in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen to “respect fully international humanitarian law by allowing and facilitating rapid and unimpeded passage of humanitarian relief for civilians in need and respecting and protecting humanitarian and medical relief personnel and objects.



Posted 4/6/2017




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