Famine conditions in the Horn of Africa might be much more widespread today were it not for the work of USAID, which predicted this crisis a year ago and moved expeditiously to pre-position food and other supplies in the region. This year, the United States has provided more than $500 million in humanitarian aid in the region. The message from those working in the relief effort is that the situation will get worse before it improves.
Now is the time for renewed U.S. resourcefulness and commitment to the relief effort. There should be no doubt that this effort is fundamental to our values as a nation and has the support of the American people, who care about those who suffer -- particularly when they are children.
Write your senators today and urge them to oppose any efforts to reduce foreign aid for Somalia and the surrounding region.