U.S. State Department Allocates $28 Million for Ethnoreligious Minorities in Iraq
Assyrian American National Coalition
Press Release: September 22, 2011.
The Assyrian American National Coalition is pleased to report that the State Department announced it is allocating $28 million to benefit ethnoreligious minorities in Iraq. $10 million will be used for the construction of a hospital in the Nineveh Plain. The remaining resources will be used as microfinancing to support increased economic development for ethnoreligious minorities in Iraq.
We have many people to thank for this success. Certainly, without the support of our friends in Congress, this would not be occurring. So, thank you, Senator Mark Kirk, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Gary Peters, Rep. Jan Schakowsky, Rep. Frank Wolf, and Rep. Sander Levin.
But most importantly, we have you to thank for this success. You have made this funding become available by sending our messages to Congress and President Obama. One of our goals of our current campaign, the Nineveh Plain Province Solution, has been to target the State Department for their failure to respond appropriately to the crisis facing Assyrians in Iraq. While we all know this funding is still not enough, we hope that you take heart in the fact that even though we only have several thousand Assyrian Americans in this country, when thousands of you do contact Congress, you can influence the foreign policy of the United States.
Let's keep working.