New Campaign Is a Call to Action from Christians Fleeing ISIS
Open Doors USA is launching an advocacy campaign on behalf of Christians fleeing the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, that Open Doors CEO David Curry says is a “direct call to action from Christians on the ground in Iraq and Syria.”
The campaign is titled “Take a Stand Against ISIS: Provide Hope to Christian Refugees” and is directed toward Secretary of State John Kerry and Ambassador Alfonso Lenhardt, acting administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Open Doors is encouraging Americans to sign the petition, which demands action to (1) ensure aid is reaching the most vulnerable, (2) strengthen efforts to defeat ISIS and (3) commit to a long-term investment in the region.
“During my recent visit to Iraq, I was struck by the plea for urgent action from displaced Christians,” said Kristin Wright, director of Advocacy at Open Doors USA. “Open Doors is actively engaged in providing support to Christians in Iraq and Syria, and one of the most unique aspects of this advocacy campaign is that it brings together the collective calls of persecuted Christians as voiced directly to our field staff in these countries.”
In a coordinated effort, Open Doors USA joins additional Open Doors bases in the U.K., France, Germany and other countries in launching the campaign. The petition will be available to sign beginning on Oct. 12 and will be hand-delivered to Secretary of State Kerry and Ambassador Lenhardt on International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10.
“This petition is an effort to demand the attention of American leaders and to advocate for those suffering in the Middle East,” said Curry. “We are hearing from Christians on the ground in the Middle East that many wish to stay in their homeland, and we want to strengthen the Christians who remain in these volatile areas. We must let our leaders know the lives of those who are persecuted for their faith matter to the American people.”
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For 60 years, Open Doors USA has worked in the world's most oppressive and restrictive countries for Christians. Open Doors works to equip and encourage Christians living in dangerous circumstances with the threat of persecution and equips the Western church to advocate for the persecuted. Christians are one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world and are oppressed in at least 60 countries. For more information, visit OpenDoorsUSA.org