How to Help Iraq’s Religious Minorities Trump should undo an Obama policy that largely blocks them from getting U.S. aid. By Nina Shea As Islamic State heads toward defeat in Iraq, Christian and Yazidi survivors of genocide should be returning to their hometowns in Nineveh province. Instead, these fragile minority communities mostly remain stranded at displacement shelters in Kurdistan without the means to rebuild their villages. Many are fleeing Iraq, and the country now risks losing these religious minorities entirely. The Trump administration is making the situation worse by continuing Obama policies that effectively exclude these non-Muslims from U.S. aid in Iraq. Today there are fewer than 250,000 Christians in Iraq, according to the State Department, down from as many as 1.4 million before the 2003 invasion. These Christians speak Aramaic, like Jesus of Nazareth, and trace their faith to Thomas the Apostle, whose relics were spirited from Nineveh by Orthodox monks as ISIS approached. The Iraqi Jewish community, its […]
WASHINGTON—The first FRRME America-funded first aid training course was held recently in northern Iraq as part of an initiative to enable Iraqi women to become economically self-sufficient. According to Dr. Amal Marogy, chairman of the Aradin Charitable Trust, “Thanks to a generous donation from FRRME America and with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Aradin was able to provide a two-day first aid training course for 23 Christian, Muslim and Yazidi women.” Marogy noted that all […]
FRRME America Vice Chair and Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Nina Shea is a contributor to The Persecution and Genocide of Christians in the Middle East: Prevention, Prohibition, and Prosecution. Published by Anglico Press, the book is an in-depth account of the plight of Christians in the Middle East.
Dr. Sarah Ahmed, FRRME Director of Operations in the Middle East, talks to the BBC’s Yalda Hakim about the plight of Yazidi women liberated from ISIS.
Vice Chairman of FRRME America, Nina Shea, recently wrote a compelling article for Foreign Affairs Magazine which details the importance of our foundation in providing relief to the Middle East. You can read the complete article by following this link.
Helena Scott Named FRRME America Project Officer for Jordan WASHINGTON—The American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the […]
By Nina Shea On Friday, Pope Francis travels to Egypt, the largest Arab country and home to the […]
WASHINGTON—The American Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East (FRRME America) is pleased to announce its […]
WASHINGTON—After voting last July to fund up to 50 percent of all Internally Displaced Persons who enrolled as […]