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Faith Leaders Urge Congress to Support Aid for Africa in Honoring Nelson Mandela

New York, NY, December 6, 2013

Bread for the World and leading pastors of the African-American Voices for Africa (AAVA) are celebrating the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela in words and actions following his death yesterday.

“We are saddened by the loss of one of the most revolutionary world leaders of our time,” said Rev. Derrick Boykin, Bread for the World associate for African-American leadership outreach. “The best tribute we can pay to the life of Nelson Mandela is to ensure poverty-focused development assistance is strengthened and fully funded.”

The AAVA met yesterday as news of Mandela’s death was released. U.S. religious leaders met with international officials—His Excellency Abednego Ntshangase, Ambassador of Swaziland to the United States; and His Excellency Steve Matenje, Ambassador of Malawi to the United States—to strategize ways the faith community can garner greater U.S. support for agriculture, education, and healthcare programs in Africa. 

The AAVA also met with members of Congress to discuss protecting humanitarian and poverty-focused development assistance, as well as ramping up trade and investment toward Africa.

“If we are to continue Nelson Mandela’s legacy, Congress must robustly support life-saving humanitarian and poverty-focused development assistance in all upcoming fiscal year 2014 funding negotiations and related legislative activity,” added Boykin.

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