Reps Push Trump Admin to Bypass U.N. and Help Iraqi Christians, Yazidis Directly

Four House members are pressing the top official of the U.S. Agency for International Development to bypass the United Nations and channel funds intended to help Christians and Yazidis in Iraq directly to Catholic charities and others helping them on the ground.

Critics: U.N. Squandering U.S. Aid for Reconstruction Projects in Christian, Yazidi Areas of Iraq

Exterior, Girls School Teleskov, UN Rehab project

An attorney for the Catholic archdiocese in northern Iraq accused the State Department and United Nations of failing to ensure that millions of dollars in U.S. taxpayer-funded foreign aid is actually helping to rebuild Christian and Yazidi communities destroyed by the Islamic State.

Critics: State Department Delaying Aid Congress Provided to Yazidis, Christians in Iraq

Iraqis Yazidis dance during a ceremony celebrating the Yazidi New Year north east of Mosul

Human rights activists and Catholic groups are questioning why the State Department still appears reluctant to direct money Congress appropriated to assist Christians, Yazidis, and other persecuted religious minorities in Iraq but this week quickly dispatched $32 million to help a majority Muslim group fleeing violence in Burma.