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Trump Designates $55 Million to USAID to ‘Help’ Iraqi Christians by Julio Severo

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The Christian press is hailing efforts of U.S. President Donald Trump to help Christians in Iraq.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) said last week that $55 million of a $75 million tranche of aid money to the U.N. Development Program’s Funding Facility for Stabilization will go to addressing minority groups in areas of northern Iraq retaken from the Islamic State (ISIS).

FoxNews reported, “USAID payment already forwarded to the UNDP fund is to be especially aimed at ‘those who have been victims of atrocities by ISIS.’”

According to USAID’s press release: “The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have agreed to increase assistance to Iraqis, particularly religious and ethnic minorities, to enable them to return to their homes in areas liberated from ISIS.”

Yet, there are concerns.

“UNDP has been grossly mismanaged, is not transparent, and has deliberately marginalized the genocide that targeted Christian and Yazidi minorities for over the past two years,” observes Nina Shea, head of the Center for Religious Freedom at the Hudson Institute, and a strong critic of the U.N.’s behavior toward the minority refugees.

“What concerns me is that the bulk of the [Trump] money now for the Christians, the vast majority of it, is going to go through the UN,” Shea said.

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