Action: Ask Congress to help eradicate Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Background: During a visit to an Ebola intervention center at Butembo in eastern DR Congo in April, World Health Organization leaders urged robust global assistance to contain the Ebola virus. To date, more than 1,200 people have died, many of them children.

U.S. assistance to address the Ebola outbreak has been limited by restrictions related to human trafficking. On May 7, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) introduced legislation (S. 1340), while the House version (H.R 3085) was introduced on June 4 by Rep. Karen Bass (D- Calif.) to allow a more robust U.S. response to the Ebola crisis. On May 22, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the bill, which now needs to go through the full Senate and House.

Faith reflection: Please pray that the people of DR Congo “will not fear the terror of the night, or the arrow that flies by day, or the pestilence that stalks in darkness, or the destruction that wastes at noonday” (Psalm 91:5-6).

Action: Ask Congress to help eradicate Ebola in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

 

Alert prepared by Charles Kwuelum, Legislative Associate for International Affairs, May 18, 2019.

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