Join the effort by sponsoring IDC’s Iraq Fellowship Program and for my upcoming fact-finding mission to Iraq!: 2018 is the year where the future of Christianity in Iraq will be decided. As Christians trickle back to their destroyed homes in the Nineveh Plains, they are faced with the daunting task of rebuilding their lives and communities.
Help IDC kick off its NEW IRAQ FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM by sponsoring Yousif Kalian’s trip to Iraq!
- Develop more nuanced policies to advocate for on Capitol Hill and better assist genocide survivors.
- Bring on-the-ground experience to Capitol Hill, media outlets and research to enlighten American understanding of the issues facing Christians and other minorities in Iraq.
- Hold Congressional hearings and events focused on helping Christians and other minorities in Iraq.
Cost: $1,500 for flights to Iraq and $500 for in-country housing and travel
Sponsorship Levels: (Higher level sponsorships include all of the benefits of lower-level sponsorships.)
- $10 – Receive updates on the trip
- $25 – I’ll light a candle for you in the Monastery of Mar Matti
- $50 – I’ll send you a postcard from Iraq
- $100 – I’ll email you a daily reflection of one of my days in Iraq
- $500 – I’ll mail you a rosary from Iraq and your name will be placed on a list of sponsors for the Iraq program
- $1000 – I’ll Skype in to speak to your faith community about my time in Iraq and how IDC will use it to expand their Iraq program
- $2,000 or more – I will personally come to speak to your faith community about my time in Iraq, IDC’s Iraq Fellowship Program and goals for 2018 and how we can help save Christianity in Iraq
Me: My name is Yousif Kalian and I’ve been interested in working on the Middle East since I was a child, largely because of my Iraqi-American background. My passion for my heritage led me to study World Politics and Arabic at the Catholic University of America.
When my parents’ church in Baghdad was attacked by ISIS, leaving over 50 dead, I was frustrated that I wasn’t able to do anything and decided to dedicate my life to work in foreign policy in order to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East, with a special focus on Iraq.
I interned at IDC during my senior year of college because of my desire to do something in the face of the ISIS onslaught on Christians and other Iraqis. After that, I spent a year at a prominent D.C. think-tank, where I worked with experts and wrote extensively on Iraqi Christians, the Nineveh Plains, and Iraqi politics. My passion for these issues is deeply rooted in the Catholic faith my parents raised me up in.
You: The goal of this trip is to accurately assess the security, economic and humanitarian aid situation facing Christians in Iraq by meeting with local populations, church leaders, politicians and aid workers. Since, I uniquely focus on policies that can support Christians in a non-partisan way, I know this trip can drive me to discover effective ways to help Christians in Iraq.