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‘US Taxpayers Are Financing Spoils of Genocide,’ Iraqi Archdiocese Lawyer Tells Congress

WASHINGTON — A lawyer who represents the Chaldean Archdiocese of Erbil has accused the United States government of “financing the spoils of genocide” through its reconstruction aid program that he says has benefited Muslims who settled into a once predominantly Iraqi Christian town following the rise of the Islamic State.

Stephen Rasche, an American who serves as legal counsel and director of IDP Resettlement Programs for the Chaldean Catholic Archdiocese of Erbil, testified at a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on the Islamic State’s genocide in Iraq on Tuesday along with a former Yazidi sex slave and other advocates for the oppressed Iraqi minorities.

Rasche told the panel that he already warned in a Capitol Hearing last year that Iraqi Christians are in dire need of aid and even laid out the ways in which Christians are being shut off from U.S. aid distributed through the United Nations. Despite the fact that Rasche made those statements well over a year ago, he explained that not much has changed under the Trump administration.

“I asked that the U.S. government hear our pleas for help, and warned that without this help, the Christians of the Nineveh Plain could very well disappear,” Rasche told the lawmakers. “I wish that I could tell you that in the 12 months that followed that our pleas were heard, and that our plight has found relief. But as I speak before you now, I regret to say that we have still yet to receive any form of meaningful aid from the U.S. government.”

Read more at Christian Post – http://www.christianpost.com/news/us-taxpayers-financing-spoils-genocide-iraqi-archdiocese-lawyer-tells-congress-201641/

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