Washington D.C., Aug 22, 2018 / 02:00 am
Christian and Yazidi communities in northern Iraq need security as they rebuild, said Congressman Jeff Fortenberry after a trip to the region to assess economic aid delivery.
'Without a new security apparatus," economic aid "will not be sustainable," Fortenberry told CNA on Aug. 17.
Fortenberry was in northern Iraq June 30-July 3 with USAID Administrator Mark Green and Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback to evaluate how U.S. aid money is being applied through multilateral organizations, such as the U.N., and to evaluate the situation of Iraqi minorities on the ground.
Fortenberry summarized his trip to Iraq in three words, "Possibility. Security. Urgency. Those are the three things that need to align."