Christian communities in Iraq celebrated when ISIS was driven out of their communities. However, the extent of destruction they left in their wake is cutting that celebration short.
Adding to that depression is the the lack of promised aid from Western countries.
In an interview with the Christian Post, William Hollander, a partner of persecution watchdog Open Doors International, said the Christian community hasn’t received anything near the aid that has been pledged.
“We don’t see anything. It’s not happening,” he said. “The big frustration for the Christians and everybody at the moment is that [they] are being betrayed by the political powers.” As a result, many Iraqi believers are having to return to refugee camps.
While the U.S. has sent $1 billion in aid to Iraq via the United Nations, very little of that money has actually reached the communities that need it.
Last week, Vice President Mike Pence announced that President Trump had ordered the State Department to send funds directly to organizations working to help religious minorities who have been displaced by ISIS.