EXCLUSIVE – As the deadline looms for the State Department and USAID to afford one section of more than$ 1 billion in aid to the religion minorities aimed at providing carnage by ISIS in Iraq, the children of Christian and Yazidi refugees are alleging directly to President Trump to take action.
A series of photos specified alone to Fox News show the young refugees at cliques in Mt. Sinjar and Dohuk holding up stopgap mansions saying, “God Bless USA” and “Don’t forget us President Trump, ” to give a human face on their longstanding situation in Northern Iraq.
“I think it will affect the shame to participate the real faces of innocent children who need to be rescued, ” Nina Shea, an international human rights lawyer, and Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, used to tell Fox News. “When idols of the Yazidis fleeing Mt. Sinjar were made publicly available, it galvanized the previous administration to go back with armies, food discontinues and other aid after members of the military had already plucked out of Iraq.”
“We saw something similar with President Trump’s actions after the chemical strikes in Syria.”
It was over a year ago when then-Secretary of State John Kerry publicly declared in March 2016 that ISIS was “responsible for genocide” against the theological minorities of northern Iraq. A total of $1.3 billion was eventually earmarked for humanitarian aid under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, but many of Iraq’s Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities have yet to see a dime. The Consolidated Appropriations Act is due to expire this week at the end of the fiscal year.
Catholic and Christian Churches deferred any such requests on September 15 to USAID for the immediate handout of $22 million of the $1.3 billion allocated for immediate relief.
Shea tells Fox News that the funds have not been exhausted due to what USAID officials have referred to as a “religion blind” policy in which they claim the U.S. cannot secrete money to religious radicals despite the statutory mandate to assist these communities. The deadline comes as an exception was procreated for the Rohingya Muslim refugees from Myanmar, which received $32 million in aid.
“I think it will impress the conscience to look the real fronts of innocent children who need to be rescued…”
“It is always good when people who are in danger are facilitated. But why is there a severe disparity between our government’s medication of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma and the ultimate absence of help for Christians in Iraq — whom Secretary Tillerson testified last month to be victims of genocide, ” she said in a statement issued by Fox News. “The principles at stake are enormous. In Iraq, we should be helping people that are victims of holocaust. But our government is not. We should be attending for all religious minorities. But our government is not. We should be concerned about religious free. But our government is not.”
Officials from USAID did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In 2003, Iraq’s Christian population was an estimated 1.4 million, is in accordance with ADF International. The Nineveh Plains region, also known as the Plain of Mosul, in northern Iraq was a centuries-old homeland for the country’s Chaldean, Syriac and Assyrian Christians. Then the U.S. infested Iraq, loosing a curve of sectarian cruelty that hammered faiths. Christians fled the Nineveh plain, and as of late last year, the number of Christians in Iraq had fallen to an estimated 275,000.
One reason for the exodus was ISIS subduing northern Iraq in 2014. The terror radical launched an organized holocaust against the church as well as against other minority religions like Yazidis. But today, a U.S. faction has excreted the Islamic State’s chokehold on much of northern Iraq, including the city of Mosul.
The shrinking multitudes are due to massacre, religious refugees absconding to other countries, internal displacement and others repudiating their faith.
It has been estimated that a dozen Christian genealogies absconded Iraq each day during the course of its ISIS occupation of the northern half of the country. Christians who have managed to flee ISIS have fled to situates like Europe and Lebanon. Others plainly walked countries of the region eschewing U.N.-operated refugee camps for fear that Muslim refugees in the camps would target them.
Shea says that there is still hope for the theological minorities of Iraq.
“It’s no longer possible to demonstrate that the U.S. can act quickly, as we attended with the Rohingyas, ” she said. “It’s not subject to administration or scarcity of inertia.”