The Hungarian Ecumenical Aid Organisation has donated aid packages to hundreds of Christians living in northern Iraq, Gabor Balint, head of the organization’s international programmes, told public television on Sunday.
Gabor noted that the charity’s staff, with the support of the foreign ministry under its “Hungary Helps” programme, have been present in the area since 2014, assisting internally displaced people and those who have been forced out of their homes due to the recent fighting between the Iraqi army and Kurdish Peshmerga. The localities in question are where Christian families have been repatriated.
The charity has delivered food, drinking water and blankets to six hundred families, or around three thousand people, he noted.
Tristan Azbej, deputy state secretary for aiding persecuted Christians on Saturday told MTI that even the Vice-President of the United States, Mike Pence expressed interest in the Hungarian model of helping persecuted Christians in the Middle East at the international conference, organised by the In Defense of Christians group, last week in Washington DC. He explained that the most important principle of the Hungarian model is “direct support”, bringing help directly to the communities in need, instead of donating via international organisations and other mediators. Azbej said Pence’s office told him they want to use the Hungarian government’s experience and network in the area.
Source: MTI/Hungary Journal