Nina Shea says Trump Making Situation 'Worse' for Iraqi Christians by Continuing Obama's Policies

Iraqi Christians 'Loosing Heart' as Iranian-Backed Muslims Move Into Their Towns

This Picture shows Kurdish security stand guard as Iraqi Orthodox Christians attend a prayer session inside Syriac Orthodox Church of Mart Shmoni during Good Friday prayers in Erbil, Iraq, April 14, 2017.

Iraqi Christian communities are in dire need of humanitarian and reconstruction assistance as they continue to receive a minimal amount of aid from the U.S., and as Iranian-backed militias and Shiite Muslims have moved into villages and towns where Christians once lived, a prominent human rights activist has warned.

As their population continues to dwindle, Iraqi Christians are struggling to rebuild in the aftermath of the Islamic State and are getting little to no help from the U.S. and the Trump administration.

Although Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 earlier this year that said persecuted religious minorities in Iraq have access to U.S. humanitarian aid, religious minorities like Christians and Yazidis are still having trouble accessing any aid funding.

"That Consolidated Appropriations Act has essentially been ignored by the State Department," Nina Shea, who served for 12 years on the U.S. International Commission on International Religious Freedom and a prominent human rights lawyer, told The Christian Post this week.

As the Christian population in Iraq has decreased from over 1.4 million to less than 250,000 in the last 15 years, Shea, the director of Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, wrote an op-led last week arguing that "the Trump administration is "making the situation worse by continuing Obama policies that effectively exclude these non-Muslims from U.S. aid in Iraq."

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