USCCB: Vào Ngày Tị nạn Thế giới, Chủ tịch Di cư USCCB kêu gọi Hoa Kỳ bảo vệ người tị nạn syria và Iraq và di dời

Humanitarian crisis can no longer be ignored

Religious minorities at risk

The United States must take leadership

Tháng sáu 22, 2015

WASHINGTON—Trong các bình luận được đưa ra cùng với Ngày Tị nạn Thế giới, quan sát tháng 6 20, Giám mục Eusebio Elizondo, auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the U.S. Hội nghị giám mục công giáo ' (USCCB) Ủy ban về di cư, called upon U.S. officials to do more to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East stemming from conflict in Syria and Iraq.

“This is a crisis that continues to grow and has no end in sight,” said Bishop Elizondo. “We can no longer turn our heads away from the human suffering of our brothers and sisters in the Middle East.”

The refugee crisis stemming from conflict in Syria and Iraq has reached historic proportions, with close to 15 million persons forced from their homes, many at risk of death. 7.6 million Syrians are internally displaced and as many as 4 million reside in neighboring countries or have fled to Europe or other parts of the world, while over 3 million Iraqis are internally displaced.

Bishop Elizondo specifically cited the plight of religious minorities fleeing ISIS in both Syria and Iraq, particularly Christians. “It is clear that religious minorities, including Christians and Yazidis, are being targeted and need our moral and material support,” Bishop Elizondo said. “The goal of ISIS is to eliminate these minorities from the region, a goal which should be strongly opposed and defeated.”

Bishop Elizondo cited steps the United States could take to assist the suffering, including an increase in resettlement opportunities for the most vulnerable refugees and additional assistance to displaced populations. To date, the United States has resettled less than 1,000 Syrian refugees.

“These refugees are themselves victims of terror and deserve protection. Our nation must take leadership in protecting them so that the rest of the world follows suit,” Bishop Elizondo concluded.


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