The government took a major step towards helping embattled Christians in the middle east region and the faith-based organizations trying to help them.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would authorize the U.S. government to fund American relief groups helping displaced Iraqi and Syrian Christians in the Middle East. As ongoing media reports have published around the world, ISIS has maimed, beaten and killed thousands of Christians and Yazidi’s in the Middle Eastern nation of Iraq and Syria, Faithwire has reported regularly over the last year.
As a solution to the bloodshed, Rep. Chris Smith, R-New Jersey and Anna Eshoo, D-California introduced the bipartisan bill: the Iraq and Syrian Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act which authorizes the Department of Defense (DoD) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide funding to faith-based organizations and others who are working tirelessly on the ground to help religious minorities escape the ugly grip of ISIS. FaithWire
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act, or H.R. 390, in a voice vote. The bill will provide emergency relief and aid to the victims of genocide in Iraq and Syria, particularly the Christians in the Middle East as well as other religious minorities…
“As this legislation has been passed by the House, we urge the Senate to act upon it and expedite it as quickly as possible,” Elias said. “These Yezidis and Christians are in dire need for such assistance in order to survive as religious minorities in our region.” CruxNow