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Commentary & Opinion

Congress Must Prioritize Funding for International Assistance Programs

May 17, 2013

"For many people around the world, sequestration is literally a life-or-death issue. Its impact may be most deeply felt by those living in developing nations," Rev. Derrick Boykin, associate for African-American leadership outreach at Bread for the World, writes in the Huffington Post's "Black Voices" blog. "Millions of people around the world depend on vital assistance provided through U.S. poverty-focused development assistance programs like [PEPFAR]," he continues, adding, "During my own recent trip to Africa, I too saw programs that provide vital medical assistance to mothers and children." He continues, "Seeing that reality on the ground in Africa and knowing that the funding that supports these programs -- comprising less than one percent of the federal budget -- is under threat, I see sequestration as no mere inconvenience. Lives hang in the balance."

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