U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: The Humanitarian Crisis, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism, United States Senate, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, September 29, 2015 [open pdf - 1MB]
This is a testimony compilation of the September 29, 2015 hearing "The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: The Humanitarian Crisis," held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Committee Chairman Bob Corker: "The images of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children fleeing for safety should challenge every moral fiber within us. These are people just like us who want only to raise their family with dignity and cherish the same value and things that we all care about, and yet, we watch them on television in these desperate circumstances. We all know the scale of this tragedy but it is worth, again, outlining the numbers. In Syria, with a population of 22 million in 2011, more than 4.1 million have fled the country and more than 7.6 million are displaced inside the county. So, half of Syria's population is not at home--not living in their hometowns but in some other place. Some estimates put the number of deaths in Syria at over 300,000. I know that number--people have different estimates--with the Assad regime responsible for over 100,000 civilian deaths. Let me say that one more time--the Assad regime responsible for over 100,000 civilian deaths. In Iraq, 3.6 million are in need of humanitarian assistance, and 3.2 million are displaced." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michel Gabaudan, Nancy Lindborg, and David Miliband.
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