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Statement of Carl Anderson on Vice President's Announcement of Aid for Genocide-Targeted Minorities in the Middle East

10/26/2017

A year ago the United States used the right word to describe what was happening to Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East. That word was genocide. Tonight, those words were put into action.

The Knights of Columbus applauds Vice President Mike Pence’s announcement that the Trump administration will begin providing aid directly to religious minority groups impacted by ISIS’ genocide. For almost two years, the K of C has warned that Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East have been falling through the cracks in the aid system, and has been urging the United States government to provide aid directly to genocide-targeted communities. We are pleased that tonight, the administration has promised to do just that. 

The hope this announcement will give to Christians in the Middle East - and the real world impact it will have on the survival of threatened minority communities - cannot be underestimated.