U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said the State Department will no longer fund “ineffective” U.N. relief efforts for persecuted and religious minorities in the Middle East, and instead pay for them directly through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
“We will no longer rely on the United Nations alone to assist persecuted Christians and minorities in the wake of genocide and the atrocities of terrorist groups. The United States will work hand-in-hand from this day forward with faith-based groups and private organizations to help those who are persecuted for their faith,” Pence stated.
Vice President Pence kept his word. The first droplet of US taxpayers’ money reached the Christians of Nineveh Plain in Iraq on 18th August. The first delivery is a front end loader for use by the church for work in the towns of Northern Nineveh.
A similar vehicle will be delivered in Karamles next week for Nineveh South. “It’s impossible to imagine the Middle East without Christians,” Cardinal Koch said. US is doing its part. The main question is whether the European Union will follow US steps and start helping directly Christians in Middle East.
Watch our reportage Inside Qaraqosh when the Iraqi Christian city was just liberated from ISIS in November 2016.