Hope for the future has returned, say religious leaders at ministerial summit.
To acknowledge the levels of Christian persecution and Yazidis means to acknowledge a major problem within Islamic countries which are governed by the sharia; therefore, Christians and Yazidis have been left virtually ignored. That is, until Donald Trump decided to step in.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is helping bring Christians and Yazidis in Iraq back from the brink of extinction fomented by a genocidal campaign at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL), religious minority representatives declared this week at the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom convened by the Department of State.
The U.S. government has officially determined that ISIS committed genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities during its reign of terror in the Middle East that began in 2014, prompting the Trump administration to launch a multi-million-dollar program to help the victims. Several religious leaders and organizations warned that the two groups were facing extinction in the wake of the ISIS genocide.
Echoing Yazidis activists and a U.S.-based Syriac Catholic Iraqi priest who spoke to Breitbart News, a Chaldean Catholic priest from a parish in a Christian Iraqi town indicated that hope for the future along with security improvements have returned to religious minority communities devastated by ISIS, courtesy of the Trump administration efforts.
Their comments came during the three-day ministerial summit launched by the State Department on Tuesday.
While delivering a speech during the event on Wednesday, Fr. Thabet Habib Youssef, a Chaldean Catholic priest from the town of Karamles in Iraq’s Nineveh province, thanked the Trump administration for its assistance.
The priest, known as Fr. Thabet, said:
I wish to give thanks to the government of the United States for including us in this important conference and a special thanks to the administration of President Trump for his concern and commitment to the persecuted minority communities in Iraq.
I can say this conference gives us hope. Our greatest fear in the early years was that the world would forget us. This conference tells us we are not forgotten.
Two months ago, Fox News did a report that showed Christian and Yazidi persecution in Iraq was close to 'genocide levels' according to the international definition, but was being largely ignored because of 'political correctness.'
That’s because Muslims are persecuting Christians and non-Muslim minorities at an alarming rate, and to report about human rights abuses in the name of Islam is considered to be 'Islamophobic.'
Of the top 16 worst countries for Christian and non-Muslim persecution, 14 are majority Muslim.