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The Nexus of Humanitarian Aid and Persecution
November 16 at 9:00 am - 10:30 am EST
While religious freedom is a fundamental human right, and when violated through persecution, it is often coupled with dire humanitarian need. Many western governments resist the crossover of humanitarian aid with the advancement of religious liberty while evidence shows that regions where religious minorities, especially Christians, are regularly suppressed and discriminated against, often endure extreme human hardship due to lack of food, access to healthcare, education and etc. simply because of their religious identity.
This event will reveal the deeper complexities of this nexus and provide examples of successful case studies where humanitarian aid implementation efforts have saved entire persecuted Christian communities, restored their livelihoods and expanded their ability to navigate in society. The event will specifically highlight how this nexus has been a successful model in Nigeria, where atrocities committed by terrorist groups have eroded the Christian community’s livelihood over the years and humanitarian aid has been especially successful in restoring communities to full functional capability. Further, the event will reveal how limitations on religious freedom create direct voids where only humanitarian and direct assistance can mitigate emerging societal injustices. While transformation in societies that persecute Christians is most desired, the practical needs of the persecuted must be met in the meantime.
This event will include keynote remarks from:
Tristan Azbej, State Secretary, Government of Hungary
Ambassador Sam Brownback, US Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom (invited)
Samah Norquist, Chief Advisor for International Religious Freedom to the Administrator for USAID
Jeff King, President of International Christian Concern
Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria
David Anderson, Former Member of Canadian Parliament.
Todd Chasteen, Vice President of Public Policy and General Counsel at Samaritan’s Purse
This event will also include a panel discussion with Baroness Carline Cox, CEO of Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust, and Ewelina U. Ochab, Advocate at the Coalition for Genocide Response.
The Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom or Belief is being virtually hosted by the Government of Poland. Official events are hosted by Poland. All side events are independently produced by the organizers of each event and are not endorsed by any government, the IRF Roundtable, or 21Wilberforce