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Post by carolhathaway Mon 17 Jul 2017, 18:55

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Post by carolhathaway Mon 17 Jul 2017, 18:58

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With Clooney assist, US aid groups team up on Africa crisis

By Associated Press July 17 at 1:21 PM

SEATTLE — Eight of the largest U.S.-based aid groups are joining together in a new campaign to address what the United Nations calls the world’s largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years.

More than 20 million people are at risk of famine in nine African nations and Yemen, but Richard Stearns, president of Federal Way, Washington-based World Vision, says it has been overshadowed amid the controversies surrounding President Donald Trump’s administration.

Stearns tells The Seattle Times (https://goo.gl/tLU2bb ) that instead of competing for donations, the organizations — including International Rescue Committee, Save the Children and Portland, Oregon-based Mercy Corps — are banding together in an unprecedented appeal launching this week.

The Global Emergency Response Coalition counts Twitter and Google among its sponsors. Actor George Clooney narrated a video pitch for the campaign.

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Post by party animal - not! Mon 17 Jul 2017, 19:27

Great find, Carol.

So many terribly affected by famine and war. Is it any wonder many of them try to escape and take their chances on the high seas. How I wish we could hold some of their governments to account..........

You remember George and Amal meeting up with the director of the International Rescue Committee, David Miliband

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Post by carolhathaway Mon 17 Jul 2017, 20:11

PAN,
that's my usual sermon:
When you want to stop people from escaping, you have to improve their living conditions, give them a perspective.

Great that you mention the connection with David Milliband, I didn't think about this connection. But when I read this, I thought: "Maybe that's why he flew to the States."
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Post by Donnamarie Mon 17 Jul 2017, 20:14

Thanks Carol! It doesn't help that the current Administration's budget proposals would cut international food aid from $3.5 billion to $1.5 in 2018.  Refugee aid and other humanitarian aid would also be drastically cut.  Thankfully our Congress is pushing back on these cuts calling them cruel to say the least.

I wish the UN was a much stronger organization that could use its clout to affect more substantive and positive change.

The horrific state of wars, famine and corruption in third world countries cost all of us on a global basis.  We can't hide from it.  I hope this latest effort can have some positive effect!
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Post by LizzyNY Mon 17 Jul 2017, 23:52

Donnamarie - Everything is interrelated. Climate change affects food production which in turn escalates competition for resources and that feeds into political strife. If the scientists are right - and it looks like they are - things are only going to get worse.
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Post by Joanna Thu 20 Jul 2017, 18:21


A video is on that site of a powerful speech
by David Milliband.

Here in the U.K. he lost the vote for the Labour Party
leadership to his brother Ed.

We lost a good political leader then.

But he's obviously doing valuable work with
the IRC. and his passion for that work
came through in his speech.

I can recommend his speech to you all here
on COH.

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