The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has welcomed the Federal Governmentâ€™s decision to double to $12.8 million Australiaâ€™s humanitarian aid to refugees fleeing wars and persecution in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.
ACL Managing Director Jim Wallace said Christians make up a disproportionately highÂ number of the refugees who have left or are fleeing Iraq, as well as being the target of heavy persecution in many other parts of the world.
â€œHundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians have been forced out of their communities in the face of unrelenting violence and the continual threat of persecution,â€ Mr Wallace said.
â€œThey are targeted specifically because of their faith and face severe difficulties with little assistance.
â€œI hope that these often overlooked people, as well as Christian refugees from other parts of the world, will be well-represented in those who benefit from the Governmentâ€™s increased aid.â€