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Iraqi American Leader Calls for Rescue of Christians

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Iraqi American Leader Calls for Rescue of Christians

An Iraqi community leader in San Diego County is trying to rescue Iraqi Christians and others who are caught in the violence of the Islamic State. Mark Arabo is working to convince President Obama and the United Nations to send in an airlift to rescue the thousands of Christians and other religious minorities.

Earlier this month, Arabo met with United Nations officials to try to get refugee status for Iraqi Christians. The “stateless person” would speed up the immigration process into the United States. He had also petitioned the White House to use military force to stop the Islamic State from killing Christians.

Arabo has also passed along several thousand names of Iraqi Christians to the White House.

“I want to give voices to the voiceless, names to the nameless,”  said Arabo, executive of the El Cajon-based Neighborhood Market Assn.

This week, Arabo is visiting Detroit to try to rally more support for an airlift. Detroit has a large Iraqi immigrant community.

“My fear is that if we don’t do something now, someday I’ll be going to New York to dedicate a memorial museum with all the names,” he said.

Publication date: August 27, 2014