On September 30, 2014, Catholic Relief Services and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops hosted an online Catholics Confront Global Poverty discussion: Crisis in Iraq and Syria: Providing Assistance for Refugees and Vulnerable Populations. Below is a transcript of that conversation.
Background: Since January of this year, more than 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced from their homes. Christians, Yazidis, and mainstream Muslims have been slaughtered and many more have fled their homes in fear of the extremist group, the “Islamic State” (also known as ISIS), that has committed heinous atrocities in the region.
Sadly, there does not appear to be an end in sight to the violence in Iraq. ISIS forces cross in and out of neighboring Syria, a country embroiled in its own brutal 3-year-old civil war. Iraqi and Syrian refugees fear what the future holds.
For more information:
- Read Pope Francis’ appeal for peace in Iraq.
- Read Bishop Pates’ letter to National Security Advisor Rice calling for greater humanitarian assistance to help our brothers and sisters affected by violence in the region.
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