LAGOS, (CAJ News) – ADOPTION of United States President Donald Trump’s proposed budget cuts could lead to tragedy and crisis for millions of vulnerable people across some African countries, a global non-governmental organisation has warned.
The US-based Mercy Corps gave the warning late Tuesday pointing out with famine already declared in parts of South Sudan and looming across Nigeria, Yemen and Somalia, 1,4 million children were currently at risk of imminent death.
“In light of this need, the proposed budget cuts are not only irresponsible, but undercut America’s humanitarian leadership role in the world,” Michael Bowers, Mercy Corps’ Vice President for Humanitarian Leadership and Response, stated at a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on “East Africa’s Quiet Famine.”
Browers’ sentiments came in the wake of Trump’s proposed budget cuts for 2017 and 2018.
“With the United Nations warning that 20 million people are at risk of starvation, any cuts to lifesaving humanitarian assistance means lives lost,” said Bowers.
Mercy Corps calls on Congress to reject proposed cuts and simultaneously provide more than $60 billion for the International Affairs Budget – in addition to working to remove obstacles to humanitarians working to deliver lifesaving aid.
“Twenty years from now, we want to be able to conclude that we did everything to save lives,” said Bowers.
– CAJ News