Amid Christian complaints from Iraq, Pence promises quick relief action
Irked by delays in receiving promised direct U.S. help to Christians and minority Yazidis in northern Iraq shattered by genocidal ISIS attacks, Vice President Pence has ordered USAID Administrator Mark Green to head personally to Iraq &ldquoin the coming weeks&rdquo and return with a strategy to address any slowdown.
Pence produced the announcement just 3 days after a Fox News report pointed out the extent of the delays. The story included a statement by Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda, whose church has been the mainstay of support for some 60,000 brutalized Christians, that seven months soon after Pence vowed publicly to repair the predicament, &ldquowe are worse off now than we have been two years ago.&rdquo
In a statement received by Fox News, Pence&rsquos office declared that both the Trump administration and the vice president himself &ldquowill not tolerate bureaucratic delays in implementing the administration&rsquos vision to provide the assistance we promised to the people we pledged to support.&rdquo
The statement directed Green to &ldquoreport back with an instant extensive assessment addressing any troubles that could delay the method of help distribution.&rdquo
A supply close to Warda&rsquos workplace had not returned calls from Fox News on the new Pence announcement as of press time.
&ldquoRestoring the rights and property of Iraq&rsquos Christian and Yazidi communities, who had been nearly wiped out by ISIS&rsquos genocidal campaign against them,&rdquo the Pence  statement stated, is &ldquoa prime and unceasing priority&rdquo of the administration.
It was, in fact, as a result of that priority that Pence made his guarantee seven months ago &mdash which was followed up two months later with a strategy to funnel $35 million in help directly to the suffering minorities, whilst refocusing and closely supervising another $150 million or so in aid to be handled &mdash as in the past &mdash by United Nations agencies.
Published at Fri, 08 Jun 2018 21:28:00 +0000