The Knights of Columbus has $1.9 million in new aid for the Christian refugees in the Middle East — a charitable effort on behalf of those who directly by ISIS.
“A year ago, our country declared in a voice that genocide is occurring to Christians and other religious minorities, but words are not enough,” said Carl Anderson, CEO of the Catholic organization, in a statement.
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Last year, former Minister of foreign affairs John Kerry has declared that ISIS, the terror group is committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East.
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“Murder on the Christians is commonplace,” said the Knights of Columbus March 2016 report about this genocide against the Christians. The organization filed the report, Kerry before he declared genocide.
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Kerry “accused ISIS of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘ethnic cleansing,'” as Fox News and others noted in March 2016.
Some refugees in the Middle East risked their lives in the convert from the Islamic faith to Christianity. Many have lived under the constant threat of death.
Other religious minorities such as the Yazidi — an ethnic and religious group in Iraq — are the target of the radical Islamic groups.
The 300 page report of the Knights of Columbus, a year ago, and detailed the evidence of the ISIS genocide.
“Our fact-finding mission to Iraq earlier this month [March 2016] found stories of rape, abduction, forced conversions and murder, in addition to property confiscation and forced eviction,” the report said.
Discoveries made by the organization had not been previously reported.
The report said: “The story of the mother from whom the child was taken from her arms by ISIS, has been reported in the media. We find that her experience was not isolated. Similar reports of the family members, children as well as adults, are common.”
The organization also detailed the sexual abuse that has taken place.
“If the Yazidis, the Christian women into sexual slavery, one of the most important tool of the ‘Caliphate’ used to recruit young men and the eradication of religious groups,” the report said. “A, now infamous ISIS slave menu are the prices by the age for ‘Christian or Yazidi women on sale in their slave markets.”
The Knights of Columbus raised more than $12 million since 2014 for the Christian disaster relief. The latest humanitarian aid alone donated will go toward the support of medical clinics in Iraq; general lighting for the Christians in Aleppo, Syria; and other support for the Christian refugees in the Middle East. The donation will also help with Easter baskets for Christians displaced persons in Erbil, Iraq.
“Intended for genocide to continue to need our help, especially as many have received no funding from the united states government or of the United Nations,” CEO Anderson said. “The new government must rectify the policies that are in place, and stop the de facto discrimination that still endanger these communities, targeted by ISIS for genocide.”
“It is not un-American to give priority to those who are intended for genocide because of their faith. It was seen as a typically American century,” Andrew Walther, Knights of Columbus vice president of communications, wrote in a comment piece in the Morning Consult.
President Donald Trump’s controversial refugee travel ban has been in the forefront of AMERICAN political discussion in the context of the crisis. His executive order signed this month not to give priority to the Christians and the refugees, but placed a temporary ban on refugees resettling in the United States from different Islamic dominance in the Middle East due to the terrorist threat that countries form.