Tuesday 21 November 2017

U2's Bono testifies before Congress on violent extremism

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.

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.

Press Association

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