(JNS.org) The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is partnering with the Israeli international relief organization IsraAID to help deliver urgent humanitarian aid to beleaguered Christian and Yazidi refugees fleeing the Islamic State terror group.
“As American Jews, we are proud to assist, together with our Israeli partner, IsraAID, in offering relief to the thousands of Christian and Yazidi refugees fleeing the brutality of ISIS and seeking shelter among Iraqi Kurds,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris.
AJC said it will provide funds to help cover the expenses associated with the distribution of hygiene kits, mattresses, blankets, kitchen utensils, and clothing.
Founded in 2001, IsraAID is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that has provided disaster and long-term relief to threatened communities in places such as Jordan, Haiti, Japan, and South Sudan.
According to Iraqi Chaldean Catholic leader Patriarch Sako, more than 10,000 Christians have been killed in Iraq by Islamic State and some 170,000 have been expelled from their traditional homeland in the Nineveh Plains region.
In August, the United States launched airstrikes against Islamic State and provided logistical and humanitarian support to persecuted Christians and Yazidis. The U.S. is currently attempting to forge a regional and international coalition to confront the jihadist threat.