The U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, is ending all projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip on Jan. 31 following the decision to cut funding to the Palestinians, according to a former USAID official.
The United States Agency for International Development is providing coalitions led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Heartland Alliance with $10 million to aid Christian and other minority communities in Iraq that suffered oppression and massacres under the Islamic State's rule.
Incensed over bureaucratic attempts to thwart a direct White House executive order, Vice President Mike Pence is dispatching U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green to Iraq to ensure that U.S. taxpayer dollars are going to help save Christian and Yazidi communities decimated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Persecuted Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities have not received aid from the United States Agency for International Development after it was promised by Vice President Mike Pence last year.
USAID, responding to pressure late last year from Vice President Mike Pence, announced today that it is altering its policies in order to ensure that millions of dollars in U.S. aid appropriated by Congress reaches Iraqi religious minorities
U.S. government action could send 100 mostly Christian Iranians stranded in Vienna back to Iran this week, where their return during the harsh government crackdown on dissidents could target them for further persecution, human rights activists warn.
Vice President Mike Pence is working to quickly fulfill an October pledge to bypass the United Nations and more effectively direct U.S. aid to help Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in Iraq who are victims of genocide perpetuated by the Islamic State.
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.