– The war in Syria and Iraq have led to enormous suffering and religious minorities are particularly hard hit. These groups need our help, and Norway will therefore increase efforts for vulnerable groups such as Christians and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, says Foreign Minister Børge Brende.
Together with the Norwegian Church Aid and the WCC, The situation and needs of persecuted groups in Syria and Iraq will be surveyed first. The survey will be used to assess how vulnerable groups such as Christians and other religious minorities can best be protected. Foreign Ministry will contribute up to ten million NOK this year and a further ten million next year to this effort.
Warfare in Syria and Iraq have led to a massive humanitarian crisis with over twelve million people in need in Syria and over four million people fleeing to neighboring countries. In Iraq and Syria, terrorist group ISIS’ hostilities led more than 3.2 million to have become refugees in their own country. Some of the most vulnerable groups are religious minorities in both countries.