By USAID, U.S. Angecy for International Development
Before the Committee on Appropriations
Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
United States Senate
Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, I appreciate the opportunity to testify before this Committee concerning assistance for civilian victims of war by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Twenty years after the creation of the Patrick Leahy War Victims Fund, we have an important story to tell of changed lives, hopeful livelihoods, and respect for the dignity of women and men who have endured severe physical and emotional trauma.
War and civil strife continue to cause death and destruction around the world. The consequences for civilians are devastating: families lose their breadwinner, and men, women, and children suffer physical injuries that dramatically changed their assumptions about how they will live and provide for themselves and their families. The statistics are alarming: