Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Refugees in danger of starvation: My letter to Florida Senators Nelson and Rubio, and to Rep Buchanan.

Here is the letter I wrote today  to my Florida Senators, Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R); and to my Congressman,  Vern Buchanan (R),

If you live in Florida I encourage you to send a similar message to these two Senators, and to your local Representative in Congress.

Friends in other States might wish to write in similar vein to their Senators, and to their local Congressman/Congresswomen.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Here  is my model letter.

3901 Glen Oaks Drive East, Sarasota, FL 34232   941 330 4948

16th September 2015

Dear (Senator or Representative)

As we know, the refugee crisis in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, and in western European countries such as Greece, Italy and Germany, gets worse every day. 
We also know that this crisis will be exacerbated in the future, with no solution in sight.

Furthermore, there is no sentiment in the United States for anything other than a token resettlement program here.

In the meantime the World Food Program of the United Nations, and the U.N. High Commission for Refugees endure enormous financial stresses. In fact the W.F.P. will shortly be cutting rations for desperate human beings in refugee camps.

Please therefore work with your colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the U.S. Government not only lives up to its “pledges” to these bodies, but also increases their funding way and above what has been promised.

Please also, as a matter of urgency, encourage the Department of State to exercise strong pressure on the wealthy countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council; urging those Nations  to live up to their responsibilities as members of the U.N. – and make generous grants to the WFP and the UNHCR. 

Since those Nations are unwilling to resettle refugees, they surely have a duty to fund the organizations such as WPF and UNHCR which provide essential and life-saving services to millions of displaced, hungry and desperate refugees.

Yours sincerely,

J. Michael Povey.


PLEASE, if you will,  copy and/or amend my letter and send it to your Senators and Representatives in Congress.

PLEASE if you can or should, make your own monetary contributions to the World Food Program, or to the UNHCR

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