Inhofe, Klobuchar Raise Awareness of West Africa Orphan Crisis Due to Ebola Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) today praised the passage of S.Res.155, which supports the goals and work of those who are addressing the developing Ebola orphan crisis in West Africa. The Senators introduced the legislation on April 29, 2015, and it passed by a voice vote Tuesday evening.

“After learning about the Crawford family and their willingness to open their hearts to create a home for children orphaned in West Africa due to the Ebola crisis, I worked with Sen. Klobuchar to introduce S.Res.155,” Inhofe said. “This resolution marks the Crawfords’ day of departure from the United States as a day to raise awareness of those orphaned as a result of the Ebola epidemic. The Crawfords’ willingness to respond to the growing need for children in West Africa to have a home, food and a place of education is a sure example of how we are called to love our neighbors. UNICEF estimates that 11,000 children have lost one or both parents to Ebola, which shows this deadly epidemic will have ramifications for decades to come. I hope this resolution will raise awareness of the Ebola orphan crisis and support for people like the Crawfords who are willing to stand in the gap and fight for the next generation of West Africans to have a brighter future.” 

“Thousands of children in West Africa have been tragically orphaned as a result of the Ebola crisis, and this resolution will recognize the caring people across our country who have opened their homes and hearts to these children while encouraging other Americans to do whatever they can to lend a loving hand,” 
Klobuchar said.

S.Res.155 recognizes May 2, 2015, as a Day of Recognition for Ebola Orphans, to promote awareness of the children of West Africa orphaned by the 2014 Ebola outbreak. This legislation also encourages the people of the United States to consider the needs of the children in West Africa who were orphaned by the 2014 Ebola epidemic.

A copy of the legislation can be read here.

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