Terrorism & Syrian Refugees

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Quick Links To MYC National Communications on Terrorism & Syrian Refugees: 

Feb. 6th, 2017 – New Video & Canada’s Response to Persecuted Minorities in the Middle East

Jan. 22nd, 2016 – Show The Love Of Jesus: How You Can Sponsor a Syrian Refugee & More

Nov. 15th, 2015 – Special Video: Majed El Shafie Responding To The Paris Attacks and 25,000 Canadian Refugee Goal

Apr. 22nd, 2015 – Anti-Terror Bill To Be Voted On This Week

Sept. 27th, 2014 – Canada In the Fight Against ISIS

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Overview:

In spring 2011, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government responded to nationwide protests against it with shootings, torture, and the killing of protesters. The situation quickly escalated to a full-fledge, armed and violent civil war that continues to rage today with Syria presently being divided into territory occupied by Assad’s regime, rebel fighters, and Islamic extremists.

By August 2014, the United Nations estimated that 6.6 million people had been displaced within Syria and more than 3 million refugees had begun to flee to other neighbouring countries. To date, more than 4.8 million refugees of the Syrian Civil War have left the country during the course of the war.

According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, “The Syria crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them.” (Quote from Wikipedia)

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Canada Responds:

The government of Canada originally promised to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees by 2015, and then agreed to resettle an additional 11,300 Syrian refugees by the end of 2017.

Upon his election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that he would make every effort to fulfil his campaign promise of 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by the end of 2015. This move would garner backlash from some who claimed that rushing to meet this deadline would prohibit refugees from being properly vetted, posing a potential threat to national security. In November, the Canadian government wisely announced that it would extend its time-frame for bringing in the first 25,000 refugees to February 2016, allowing for health and security screenings to be done overseas rather than in Canada. Then, in December 2015 the government revealed they are considering increasing the total number of refugees from 25,000 to 50,000.

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The Cost of the Syrian Refugee Program:

Up to this date, Canada has given $969,710,000 in financial aid towards the Syrian crisis and Syrian refugees. In addition to taking time to properly and safely vet potential refugees, a primary concern to some Canadians is the cost associated with processing, relocating and assisting so many refugees in such a short time. Although approximately 10,000 of the first 25,000 Syrian refugees were said to be privately sponsored, the Canadian government has indicated that the total cost of the refugee program to taxpayers will be between $564-million and $678-million. The hotel bill alone for housing refugees in Toronto and Montreal had reached almost $80-million by March 2016. Many agree that the cost is worth it from a standpoint of global compassion as well as investing in refugees to become contributing Canadian citizens. However, the cost is an issue to watch due to the nation’s current national debt situation. 

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Sponsoring Syrian Refugees:

If you or your church are interested in learning more about how to sponsor Syrian refugees, please click here for more information from the Government of Canada

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Genocide Against Yazidis and Christians in Iraq and Syria:

In early June 2016, Conservative Interim Leader Rona Ambrose put forth a motion calling on the House of Commons to recognize and condemn ISIS’ crimes against humanity aimed at Christians, Yazidis, Shia Muslims, women, gays and lesbians, and to label such crimes as genocide. Although the Conservative, Bloc and NDP parties supported the motion, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party voted against it leading to a defeating vote of 166 to 139.

The Prime Minister claimed that his government could not go along with the label of genocide because the United Nations Security Council had not yet labeled the crimes of ISIS as such. However, nations around the world and ISIS itself have all declared the horrific actions of the group as genocide.

Majed El Shafie on Paris Attack and Syria


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Interview with Matt Tapley: Christian Response to Terrorism & Refugees

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Interview with Matt Tapley: Christian Response to Terrorism & Refugees

(Part 2)

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Links To Related Articles:

August 17th, 2016 – the Sun – Feds urged to relocate ISIS sex slaves to Canada

June 14th, 2016 – Huffington Post – Trudeau, Liberal MPs Vote Against Tory Motion Declaring ISIS Atrocities As Genocide

December 20th, 2015 – CTV News – Canada Aims to Double Intake of Syrian Refugees to 50,000: McCallum

December 14th, 2015 – National Post – Government bill for welcoming Syrian refugees expected to near $80 million by March

November 25th, 2015 – CBC News – Justin Trudeau’s delay in resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees may be a smart political move

November 16th, 2015 – Toronto Sun – Security Matters When Helping Refugees

October 28th, 2015 – CBC News – Justin Trudeau’s promise to take 25,000 Syrian refugees this year ‘problematic’

Government of Canada – #WelcomeRefugees: How it will work

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What You Can Do:

1 – PRAY:

Please join us in praying for this refugee situation and its impact on our nation. Pray firstly that there would be peace and justice in Syria so that the Syrian people can begin to rebuild their lives within their country. To that end, please pray that Canada would continue to be a country which helps to bring peace to all nations.

Please pray for the spirit of wisdom, discernment and revelation to rest upon those making the decisions regarding the refugees and specifically in the selection of which individuals and families will be coming to Canada. Pray for those selected as they settle in to an entirely new life, thanking God that they are becoming citizens in a nation where the Gospel can be freely shared, and ask that they would encounter the right people who will point them to Jesus. Pray for salvation amongst the Syrian refugees to Canada!

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2 – SIGN THE PETITIONS:

One Free World International is a wonderful organization working to rescue religious minorities from persecution around the world. Presently, over 3,400 Yazidi girls and women are being bought, sold, and used as ISIS sex slaves in Iraq & Syria.

Please sign OFWI’s petition demanding that the US and Canadian governments do more to help the lives of Yazidis and Christians facing ISIS brutality.

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Other Organizations Working on this Issue:

One Free World International

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