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Congressional hearing on ISIS genocide

May 27, 2016

A subcommittee of the US House of Representatives held a hearing on May 26 devoted to the ISIS genocide.

Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, told the members of the subcommittee that “the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II is unfolding now in the Middle East.”

“In addition to millions of refugees, many of the region’s indigenous communities now face extinction,” he continued. “These communities may disappear in less than a decade. But their fate is not inevitable. The United States can avert this unfolding tragedy.”

Anderson said that Iraqi Christians in Erbil are not receiving US and UN aid:

We are reliably informed that official government and U.N. aid does not reach the Christian genocide survivors in Iraq and Syria. Repeatedly, we hear from Church leaders in the region that Christians – and other genocide survivors – are last in line for assistance from governments. Significantly, the Archdiocese of Erbil, where most Iraqi Christians now live, receives no money from any government whatsoever.

If assistance from outside Church affiliated agencies ends in Erbil, Christians there will face a catastrophic humanitarian tragedy within 30 days. The situation is similar in Syria, according to Christian leaders there.

 
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