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Chaldean bishop Francis Kalabat criticizes Obama administration
Metro Detroit's Bishop Kalabat says "shame" on Obama administration for not doing more for Christians and other displaced religious minorities in Syria and Iraq
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WASHINGTON — The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church for Michigan and the eastern half of the U.S. sharply criticized the Obama administration Wednesday, saying it has largely ignored the suffering of Christians displaced by war in Syria and Iraq and should do more to protect and resettle them.
Testifying before a U.S. House subcommittee, Bishop Francis Kalabat of Southfield said while the State Department may soon declare that the Yazidi people, a religious minority in Iraq, face genocide at the hands of the Islamic State or ISIS, it leaves unaddressed problems faced by other religious minorities.
“There are more than 150,000 Iraqi Christians who are now displaced in northern Iraq or are refugees in other countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey,” Kalabat said. “There are countless Christian villages in Syria that have been taken over by ISIS and have encountered genocide, and the Obama administration refuses to recognize their plight. … I say, shame on you.”
Kalabat delivered his impassioned testimony to the subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations as it considered the circumstances of religious minorities displaced by fighting in Syria and Iraq and the actions taken against them by ISIS. According to witnesses, religious minorities have faced sexual violence, forced conversions, killings and other threats.
While the U.S. has accepted tens of thousands of refugees from Iraq and Syria since 2011, the large majority have been Muslims, causing some to argue for more to be done specifically for Christians and other religious minorities. That call has become more urgent as ISIS has continued to gain ground and in the face of recent terrorist attacks.