For Immediate Release
Kelsie Wendelberger, Director of Communications
Iraqi Christian Relief Council
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Iraqi Christian Relief Council urges Trump to create safe zones – not only prioritized resettlement for Assyrian Christians in Iraq
WASHINGTON, DC, Jan. 28, 2017 — In light of the Trump administration’s executive order on refugees and immigrants, Iraqi Christian Relief Council requests the creation of a safe zone in Iraq to preserve the homeland of Assyrian Christians, also known as Chaldean and Syriac, and other ethnic and religious minorities.
In his executive order, President Trump prioritized the resettlement of Christian refugees from war torn countries, such as Iraq and Syria. Iraqi Christian Relief Council applauds the efforts of this administration to protect the region’s most vulnerable; however, a further exodus of ethnic and religious minorities from Iraq will mark the end of ancient communities, such as Assyrians and Yezidis, after an Islamic State genocide. The Nineveh Plains of Iraq – the homeland for Assyrians and other ethnic and religious minorities for more than 5,000 years – was fully liberated from the Islamic State just this month.
“Assyrian Christians need protection within Iraq so that their faith, ethnicity and cultural heritage are not eradicated as Islamic terrorists have worked towards since 2003. A protected safe zone would lead to the creation of a province for all minorities in Iraq,” says Juliana Taimoorazy, Iraqi Christian Relief Council’s founder and president and a senior fellow at Philos Project.
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Founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council and Senior Fellow at Philos Project
Juliana Taimoorazy is internationally recognized for her work with persecuted Christians in the Middle East. She is sought after for her analysis on terror’s impact on indigenous Christian communities in Iraq and the Middle East. She has appeared in Wall Street Journal, New York Post, Al-Arabiya, BBC, The Telegraph, National Catholic Register, Fox News, The Stream, and Israel News. Juliana is a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.