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Sen. Young Calls for Urgent Diplomatic Campaign to Prevent Millions from Starving

Thursday, Senator Todd Young (R-IN) led and delivered a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson which called for an urgent diplomatic effort to work to prevent millions from starving to death in northeastern Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen.

According to Senator Young, 20 million people are at risk of starving to death in the next six months if political obstacles are not addressed, which are preventing humanitarian aid from being delivered to people who need it.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) helped lead the letter, which was signed by eight other members of the committee.

The letter says, ““The scale and complexity of these crises might lead some to say the situation is hopeless.  We reject such a response as U.S. leadership can make an enormous difference, and we believe the Department of State can and should lead a diplomatic effort now to reduce the political barriers that are hindering the delivery of food to millions of starving people.  The U.S. government has a strategic and moral imperative to do nothing less.”

To read the full text of the letter, click here.


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