End of Christianity in the Cradle of Christendom?: A Report from Northern Iraq after ISISRecently returned from northern Iraq, Congressman Frank Wolf was widely acknowledged as the "conscience" of the Congress during his long service in the House of Representatives. First elected in 1980, he left Congress at the end of his 17th term in 2015 to focus exclusively on human rights and religious freedom.Long before the "Arab Spring" turned into an "Arab Winter," Congressman Wolf sounded the alarm about the worsening plight of religious minorities, notably the ancient Christian communities in both Iraq and Egypt.Congressman Wolf continues to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. In January 2015, he was appointed the first-ever Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University. That same month he joined the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, a newly created religious freedom group, as Distinguished Senior Fellow.He is the author of the International Religious Freedom Act, which infused America's first freedom - religious freedom - into U.S. foreign policy by creating the International Religious Freedom Office at the State Department.David Eubank, former US Army Ranger and Special Forces officer and founder of the Free Burma Rangers, will discuss his time spent on the front lines of the battle against ISIS in Iraqi Kurdistan, Syria, and Mosul, Iraq. He said recently, "In Iraq and Syria the U.S. helps to defeat ISIS and our presence creates a space where people can talk and cooperate together.The U.S. presence in and assistance to Iraq and the Regional Government of Kurdistan in Iraq gives the US the opportunity to help Christians, Jews, Yazidis and other minority populations remain in Iraq and return to their homes from which they've been chased by ISIS.The Free Burma Rangers (FBR) is a humanitarian service movement working to bring help, hope, and love to people in the conflict zones of Burma, Iraq, Syria and Sudan. Working in conjunction with local ethnic pro-democracy groups, FBR trains, supplies, and coordinates missions with highly mobile multipurpose relief teams who then provide critical emergency medical care, shelter, food, clothing, and human rights documentation in their home regions.
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