Are senators too busy to bother with the persecuted?

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

U.S. Senate shieldNearly three dozen non-governmental organizations have signed a letter to U.S. Senate leaders urging them to prioritize a measure that provides critical humanitarian aid to religious minorities. 

The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act was passed unanimously in the U.S. House but is now stuck in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. 

International Christian Concern signed the letter because this is the first legislation that directs U.S. aid directly to victims of the Islamic State's genocide, says ICC spokesman Isaac Six.

"So far we've done a lot of aid generally for refugees and displaced persons in Iraq and in Syria," he explains. "But we haven't made sure that the groups that are the most vulnerable – Christians, Yazidis, and others - are receiving just basic aid to keep them there in the country."

Reports from Capitol Hill suggest the measure is low on the priority list, which Six says is unfortunate because the U.S. government has acknowledged that genocide is taking place in the Middle East. 

It's not a controversial bill and could pass unanimously, he adds, but it's just a matter of making it a priority.

"How can we then go an entire year now – over a year now – and not take any action to help make sure that the victims of this genocide don't go extinct in their home countries?" the ICC spokesman complains. 

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