Source: Jihad Watch, by
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 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.”
But two months ago, Fox News did a report that showed Christian persecution 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 at an alarming rate, and to report about human rights abuses in the name of Islam is considered to be “Islamophobic.” Persecution Watchdog Open Doors USA shows that of the top 16 worst countries for Christian persecution, all were majority Muslim but two countries: North Korea and India.
BBC also featured a report ordered by British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt that found Christians to be the most persecuted religious group.
“The U.S. has always been a symbol of freedom for persecuted people around the world. If minorities like Yazidis and Christians would have vanished from the Middle East, it would show the world the United States is not invested in promoting its values and a lot of people would lose hope.”
Instead of helping those most in need, globalists have been flooding Europe with Muslim migrants, with the same efforts seen in Canada. Less than a week ago, Jihad Watch reported about the Christian refugee family in Welland, Ontario who was facing deportation back to jihad-plagued Nigeria.
“Hope is Back’: Trump Helps Save Christians, Yazidis in Iraq from Extinction,” by Edwin Mora, Breitbart, July 18, 2019:
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.
Nearly half of the Christian families who fled Karamles, liberated by U.S. and local forces in November 2016, have returned and Fr. Thabet expects many more to come back in the coming year.
Although ISIS burned down the homes and churches in the Christian town, “We are determined to return and rebuild,” he proclaimed.
“Today we have 45 percent of our families returned and we hope in this next year we will see many more,” he added.
He went on to say that the Iraqi government needs to do more to bring about “real change and support for the protection, safety, and equal rights for the minority communities of Iraq.”
The U.S.-funded nation-building efforts, coupled with assistance from the Catholic group Knights of Columbus and the government of Hungary, have rendered the town of Karamles a “story of success and we are optimistic it will survive,” Thabet also said.
Northern Iraq’s Nineveh province is the historical homeland of Iraqi Christians and home to the largest concentration of religious minorities in the country. Sinjar, the ancestral home of Yazidis, is also located in Nineveh province.
Yazidis bore the brunt of ISIS’s genocidal campaign. 350,000 of them remain displaced in Iraqi Kurdistan and 3,000 of their women, many sold into sexual slavery, remain missing, Nadia Murad, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient who survived the jihadis group’s atrocities noted during the ministerial summit Tuesday.
Haider Elias – the president of Yazda, a U.S.-based global Yazidi non-governmental organization (NGO) – told Breitbart News that the situation for Yazidis is starting to change under the Trump administration, noting that the U.S. government is trying to bring them back to Sinjar.
“These things are going to potentially change the lives of Yazidis and their view that it’s going to be a good place for them to live,” he added.
Elias noted that security has improved in Sinjar, a town decimated by ISIS jihadists when they captured large swaths of Iraq and Syria in 2014…..