African Refugee Aid Slashed

by Washington Office on Africa
Washington, DC, United States
October 15, 1979
4 pages
Type: Mailing
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
The mailing explains changes in African refugee aid contained in the foreign aid appropriations bill (H.R. 4473) and reports that the Senate essentially voted to cut African refugee assistance in half compared to what was passed by the House. The House appropriated the following amounts: $20 million for African refugees through the State Department's Bureau of Migration and Refugee Affairs, to be granted to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees; $9.5 million of the Economic Support Fund's Southern Africa regional program which was to be used by AID for bilateral programs to assist with temporary housing, resettlement, primary and secondary education and other relief for refugees from South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe; $14.25 million for Africa-wide refugee assistance through AID's international development assistance program (Sec. 495 f) ($15 million had been authorized in the International Development Cooperation Act of 1979); and $3.6 million for professional and technical education for Southern African refugees. The mailing asks people to write letters to Conference Committee members, especially House Democrats and Senators who might be amenable to restoration of these cuts. • TEXT OF LETTER ON AFRICAN REFUGEES ADDRESSED BY THE WASHINGTON OFFICE ON AFRICA TO THE CONFEREES ON THE FY 80 FOREIGN AID APPROPRIATIONS BILL
Used by permission of the Washington Office on Africa.
Collection: Private collection of David Wiley and Christine Root