From the CABLE:
Forty international humanitarian organizations are warning that the impending arbitrary budget cuts known as the “sequester” will have dire consequences for people in crisis situations in the world’s most conflict-affected areas.
The across-the-board budget cuts set to go into effect March 2 would force the State Department to cut $200 million from humanitarian assistance accounts and $400 million from global health funding, Secretary of State John Kerry wrote in a letter to Congress this week.
“Such a reduction would hinder our ability to provide life saving food assistant to 2 million people and USAID would have to cease, reduce, or not initiate assistance to millions of disaster affected people,” Kerry wrote.
He added that cuts in global health funding would hurt State and USAID’s efforts to stamp out AIDS abroad and hamper efforts to prevent child deaths.
“Such cuts undermine our efforts to shape the broader international efforts to fight disease and hunger, invest in global health, and foster more stable societies,” said Kerry.
A coalition of aid groups including CARE, Catholic Relief Services, InterAction, the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Refugees International, World Vision, and many others delivered a letter to the White House and Congress Wednesday pointing out that 2013 has already been a year where the resources devoted to humanitarian assistance have been strained to the breaking point.
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(NOTE: This is the work for charities… Let them go raise the money they need like the others! -BK)