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U2's Bono testifies before Congress on violent extremism

Published 13/04/2016 | 02:31

Bono speaks on the refugee crisis and violent extremism (AP)
Bono speaks on the refugee crisis and violent extremism (AP)

U2 front man Bono has testified before a Senate appropriations sub-committee on the refugee crisis and violent extremism.

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Before sitting at the witness table on Tuesday, Bono posed for photos with three members of Code Pink - which works to end US wars and militarism and support peace and human rights initiatives - who wore pink tiaras and held cardboard torches and signs reading Refugees Welcome.

Cameras whirred furiously as sub-committee chairman Lindsey Graham quipped: "So this is what it's like to be chopped liver."

Bono co-founded the One campaign, an advocacy group that works to end poverty and preventable disease.

He says in his written testimony that nations teetering on the brink of instability need a better bridge between immediate humanitarian assistance and long-term development.

Bono says foreign aid should be considered an issue of national security, not charity.

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