Still no special envoy for persecuted minorities

Monday, June 29, 2015
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

An organization serving persecuted Christians says the recent kidnapping of 88 Eritrean Christians is yet another reason why President Obama should appoint a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East and North Africa. 

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Back in May, Open Doors USA launched a petition asking the president to appoint a special envoy for religious minorities in the heavily persecuted regions of the Middle East and North Africa, but so far the position has remained empty. Meanwhile, Christians are being persecuted in Eritrea, which ranks ninth on the World Watch List, according to Open Doors spokeswoman Emily Fuentes.

"These Christians were fleeing this country because it's so bad for Christians in Eritrea, only to get stopped by the Islamic State and kidnapped by them,” she says. “And based off of previous events, we're very concerned what might happen to them." 

Of course, the fleeing and subsequent kidnappings are happening all over the region, and that's why President Obama is being urged to appoint a special envoy.

"This has actually been something that's been passed by both the House and Senate, and it is rare to have something make it to that far,” she tells OneNewsNow. “So it's been available for someone to be appointed for eight months, but the president has not appointed someone yet."

Fuentes says Open Doors is asking people to sign a petition urging the president to appoint a special envoy to the region.

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