During a three-day summit on the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians and minorities organized by the group In Defense Of Christians (IDC), Alhurra’s Congressional Correspondent Rana Abtar conducted interviews with several members of Congress, addressing the plight of Christians, Yazidis and others in Iraq and Syria. In the interviews, the lawmakers addressed the urgency to act to ensure the safety of Christians in the Middle East and to respond to the region’s daunting refugee crisis. The following are excerpts from the interviews:
Voice of America Kurdish Service multimedia journalist Lukman Ahmad broadcasts to Iraq, Turkey, Syria, and Iran each week, but he is also known across VOA as a talented artist. Lukman, who came to the United States as a refugee from Syria in 2010, joined VOA in March 2014 and pursues his artistic passions in his free time.