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To: Representative Ed Royce - Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairperson
Give kids in Afghanistan the opportunity to live without war
Support the Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act (H.R. 200) introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee and ensure that funds used by the armed forces in Afghanistan are used only for the safe and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel and Department of Defense contractor personnel in Afghanistan.
Innocent Afghan civilians and children continue to be killed and injured because of continuing military operations. We can’t afford to lose more lives!
Why is this important?
While the world's focus is on the unfolding crisis in Syria, just days ago the commander of NATO ground forces in Afghanistan told media that currently there are still no plans in place for complete withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan. Without a hard deadline in place, it's clear that if we don't push for an immediate withdrawal, the war in Afghanistan could continue indefinitely.
In today's conflicts 90 percent of the victims are civilians, of which 1/3 are children under the age of fourteen. The war in Afghanistan is no exception.
I was born and raised in Kabul and moved to the US after medical school. Since then I have traveled to Afghanistan periodically to share my skills as a doctor. While in Afghanistan, I worked with an organization called EMERGENCY which runs three surgical centers and 34 clinics throughout the country. These facilities provide high-standard, free-of-charge care as well as jobs and education to locals. Since 1999 EMERGENCY has treated over 3.7 million people in Afghanistan, including the children pictured here.
As a physician, a mother and a board member of EMERGENCY USA, I'm asking you to please join me in signing this petition.
For 10 years, our Surgical Center for Civilian Victims of War in Kabul treated anyone who arrived for free. But for the past two years the admission criteria have been restricted to war-related injuries, due to the continued increase in civilian injuries. Once this war is over the hope is that we'll quickly be able to treat everyone who arrives again with high-standard free-of-charge medical and surgical care, but every day the war in Afghanistan continues, more innocent children are killed or injured and more patients with civil injuries must be turned away.
On September 3, the commander of NATO ground forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, stated that "We have no indication whatsoever of a withdrawal completely from Afghanistan." Without a hard deadline in place, it's clear that if we don't push for an immediate withdrawal, the war in Afghanistan could continue indefinitely.
The Responsible End to the War in Afghanistan Act (H.R. 200), introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA13), could help save the lives of millions and allow us to improve the health of many more. This bill would accelerate the timetable for ending the war in Afghanistan by requiring funds allocated to the armed forces in Afghanistan to be used only for the safe and orderly withdrawal of all U.S. military personnel and Department of Defense contractor personnel in Afghanistan.
While the bill has already gained 40 cosponsors, it has stalled in the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, which Rep. Ed Royce chairs. Rep. Royce could help bring the bill to the House floor, but so far he has refused, putting the lives of more Afghan children at risk and preventing others from receiving care.
Thousands of children have been treated at the hospital in Kabul since it opened in March of 2001. For the cost of ONE day of war in Afghanistan, EMERGENCY can build TEN high-standard, free-of-charge hospitals and cover all expenses for THREE years!
The ongoing bloodshed in Afghanistan is evidence that a political solution is not feasible as long as American troops remain as an occupation force. If we accelerate the timetable to end the war in Afghanistan, we can improve the lives of millions who finally have the opportunity to live without war.
Sign this petition to show your support to end the war in Afghanistan, the longest running war in United States history, and your belief in healthcare as a human right.
How it will be delivered
All signatures will be delivered in person to Congresswoman Barbara Lee's office in Oakland, CA. She is the sponsor of this bill and can deliver them to Representative Ed Royce in Washington DC.