Washington D.C., Jul 26, 2018 / 04:30 pm (CNA).- Vice President Mike Pence announced the establishment of the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program on Thursday “to rapidly deliver aid to persecuted communities, beginning with Iraq.”

Speaking July 26, at the State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom, Pence said that he hopes that the genocide recovery program “will not only deliver additional support to the most vulnerable communities,” but also “embolden civil society to help stop violence in the future.”

The Christian and Yazidi minorities of northern Iraq were decimated by the Islamic State in 2014. While these communities are beginning

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