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Christian refugees in Jordan ‘completely neglected’ by UNHCR

Middle East and North Africa

Christian refugees in Jordan ‘completely neglected’ by UNHCR

Juliana Taimoorazy, the founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council. Photo credit: Iraqi Relief Council

Christian refugees who have fled to Jordan to escape violence in Iraq are being “completely neglected” by the UNHCR according to a humanitarian agency.

As many as 15,000 Christian refugees are “trapped in the system” in Jordan, according to Juliana Taimoorazy, the founder of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, who conducted a fact-finding mission to the country earlier this month.

“They are completely neglected by the UNHCR”, she said.

Christians are experiencing delays to the processing of their applications, while “They see Muslims from Iraq and Syria are coming in and flowing out of the country [after being accepted for asylum in other countries]”.

Christian refugees reportedly believe that the UNHCR’s efforts to avoid the perception that it is giving preferential treatment to Christians are part of the problem.

Taimoorazy states that “[the] UNHCR [don’t want’] to be perceived that they are giving preferential treatment to the Christians, even though Christians were specifically targeted for their faith. We are not asking for preferential treatment. We are asking for timely processing of their paperwork.”