Representatives from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and other relief and development organizations testified at a Congressional hearing yesterday about the difficult and violent situation in the Central African Republic. CRS’ Chief Operating Officer Sean Callahan, who was unable to attend the hearing, submitted written testimony. His place at the hearing was taken by Scott Campbell, CRS’ Central Africa Regional Director, who urged the U.S. government to do more to stem the violence, support peace efforts and commit to long-term humanitarian aid for the country. From CNN:
(CNN) — Citing fears of genocide, representatives of of humanitarian organizations tried Thursday to focus U.S. lawmakers’ attention on the Central African Republic, where the situation is on the verge of exploding into a “decades-long conflict,” one aid group said….
The United States has already committed $150 million to the peacekeeping mission, but that effort requires at least another $100 million, said Catholic Relief Services Chief Operating Officer Sean Callahan. “The world stood by as nearly one million people were killed in Rwanda 20 yrs ago, and we cannot let the violence tear the social fabric of CAR,” he said.
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