Do Not Cut Funding For Humanitarian Aid

Target: Ms. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives

Goal: Block cut in funding for the State Department that will hit foreign aid and the United Nations.

The Trump administration will severely cut funding for foreign aid and contributions to the United Nations. The proposal appoints 29 percent less financial resources to the State Department and reflects a dramatic shift in the U.S. foreign policy: programs would have to meet specific U.S. interests, which are now guided by an “America First” focus. The move is even more problematic as the world currently faces the most severe, large-scale humanitarian crisis since 1945, with more than 20 million under the threat of famine in countries of Africa and the Middle East.

The State Department is responsible for several U.S. development and economic aid programs around the world. Its funding will shrink from $36.7 billion to $25.6 billion, and the cut will leave behind or completely dismantle programs whose missions are now considered as poorly conceived or insufficient in advancing U.S. foreign policy goals. In the new budget, funding for U.N. peacekeeping and development banks such as the World Bank are reduced — not to mention a slash in climate change prevention and cultural exchange programs.

While President Trump claims that the world should pay a fair share and that the government should not send money to countries that are not highly relevant to the U.S., the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is working on solving a global emergency. More than 20 million people in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen are facing famine or a credible risk of starvation over the next six months. This U.N. Office needs $5.6 billion in the coming months, of which at $4.4 billion are required urgently. This terrifying situation provides a concrete example of what can happen when the U.S., one of the richest countries in the world, fails to take leadership and acknowledge its contribution to international affairs. The money cut by the Trump administration is essential to several initiatives around the world and have a tremendous impact on world safety and peace. Sign the petition to guarantee that priorities are correctly defined and vulnerable populations are not harmed by Trump’s reckless administrative and political decisions.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Pelosi,

Severe budget cuts by the Trump administration will have a detrimental impact both nationally and internationally. The State Department, which is responsible for several U.S. development and economic aid programs around the world, will have a 29 percent decrease in its budget and funding for U.N. peacekeeping and development banks such as the World Bank will be reduced — not to mention a slash in climate change prevention and cultural exchange programs. The new budget is even more problematic in the light of the current crisis of famine in north-east Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen. More than 20 million people need urgent help from wealthy countries like the United States.

I rely on you to take a strong leadership role and resolutely stand against these cuts. It is unacceptable that the so-called “America first” perspective leads to a reckless foreign policy, in a complete lack of solidarity.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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3 Comments

  1. What these middle east and africa (always the same for years and years and years) need is in local people a strong demographic birth control (while they keep fuc and me abusing women and using them as reproductive machines the problem always persist as it is proved.Than use their children as slaves and female children even worse. So many help for years and years and still in the same point even worse as they survive when should die and than want to come to Europe or any other country to have conditions). It is with not overpopulated countries that actually the ones from other countries and ONU can help, teaching them, and building there the societies they so much want (as they risk life to come), not keeping the giving because that was done and nothing was solved. “Stupid is the one who does the same thing, and expect different results”. A. Einstein
    Don’t give the fish, teached them to fish and there.

  2. And in fact they have better health than many European, American people and the fact that they reproduce very well shows that.The ones having more and more reproductive problems are not them, which shows how is the health of a population.

    • But the 20 million or so who are starving are not so healthy.
      Yes, foreign aid should be used to EMPOWER the people. But there is a huge humanitarian crisis right now in some African countries that they need immediate help for. Trump cutting funds for foreign aid at this crucial time is especially callous and cold-hearted.

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