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I would like to bring attention to the funding that must have been required to save the lives of 12 young boys and their soccer coach from the flooded cave in Thailand. This mission took a total of 19 days, with more than 90 international divers taking part in the operation, sadly claiming the life of one former Thai Navy SEAL.

I would like the public to consider the amount of funding that has gone toward the miraculous rescue mission of the 12 boys and their coach, yet millions across the globe remain trapped with no escape.

The U.S. could and should prevent 25,000 children under age 5 from dying each day, mostly from preventable disease, according to UNICEF. But beyond the humanitarian imperative, the United States should have a strategic interest in improving the plight of the world’s poor. The Borgen Project nonprofit in Seattle is building awareness of the economic, national security and diplomatic reasons for strong U.S. leadership in addressing global poverty.

If the amount of funding and energy dedicated to this rescue mission were dedicated to addressing poverty and hunger and working toward ending them, our world would be a very different place. Not to mention, we would save millions more than 13 lives.

Kathryn Reiff, Issaquah