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State Secy: Persecution of Christians “One of the Largest Humanitarian Crises in the World”

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.07.16.

Tristan Azbej, the state secretary responsible for aid to persecuted Christians and the Hungary Helps programme, addressed the International Religious Freedom Summit in Washington, DC, on Thursday.

At the panel Governments and Frameworks that Advance Religious Freedom, Azbej said the persecution of Christians was “one of the largest humanitarian crises in the world”, affecting 340 million people worldwide. At the same time, international forums mostly “ignore it completely”, Azbej said.

The Hungary Helps programme has supported 250,000 people worldwide in the past four years, enabling them to remain in their homelands or return after having emigrated, he said.

Govt Official in Iraq: Hungary Helps Scheme May Serve as Model
Govt Official in Iraq: Hungary Helps Scheme May Serve as Model

Pope Francis’ visit to Iraq has channelled global interest to the situation of Christians in the Middle East and the Hungary Helps aid programme, which may serve as a model for other humanitarian programmes and governments, a Hungarian government official told MTI on Tuesday. Returning from Iraq today, Tristan Azbej, the state secretary responsible for […]Continue reading

On the sidelines of the conference, Azbej met representatives of USAID and the US State Department to discuss the expansion of a bilateral cooperation agreement between USAID and Hungary Helps, designed to aid persecuted Christians and Yazidis in Iraq. They also looked into expanding the programme to help Christians, women and girls in African crisis zones, Azbej said.

Azbej also gave an interview to conservative news channel Newsmax, and talked about Hungary’s child protection law and the “international fake news campaign” in its wake.

Featured photo via Hungary Helps’ Facebook page