Early Day Motions
Early Day Motions

Mary has tabled an Early Day Motion which draws attention to the developing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan and calls on the Government to ensure the safety of vulnerable people in the country.


After recent scenes in news reports of parents being forced to sell their organs, some even selling their children, just to be able to afford food, Mary used this Early Day Motion to press the Government to deliver on the promise of financial aid to the Afghan people. Drawing on the expertise of the UN’s humanitarian coordinator, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the EDM raises that 97% of Afghans are projected to be living below the poverty line.


The EDM has support from Labour, Liberal Democrats, SNP, Green Party, SDLP, DUP, and Independent MPs.


Full text of the EDM is as follows:


That this House notes with grave concern recent reports in the media on the developing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, in particular traumatic stories of parents being forced into selling organs, and in some cases selling their own children, in order to feed their families; further notes that the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator projects 97 per cent of Afghans will soon be living below the poverty line; urges the Foreign Secretary to do everything within her power to support those struggling in Afghanistan including ensuring that all of the £286,000,000 promised in aid is sent to the country; echoes the call of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown for the UK Government to convene a pledging conference to raise the $4.4 billion needed to fund vital support; commends the reporting of UK journalists in bringing these harrowing stories to the people of the UK; and calls on the Government to work collaboratively with allies around the world to ensure that the safety of all women in Afghanistan is secured.


Find an updated list of signatures on the EDM by clicking here.

Find a full list of EDMs that Mary has supported or written here.

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