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As state secretary responsible for the Hungary Helps Program, I was pleased to announce recently a new, joint project with the Hungarian Ecumenical Charity that offers assistance to the Yazidi community that was subjected to genocide during the reign of the Islamic State.
Hungary Helps is aimed at aiding Christian communities experiencing persecution around the world and was set up in 2017. The scheme has so far disbursed aid of 8 billion HUF (25m EUR) to 35,000 Christians making a living in their homelands
Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, told a conference focusing on the victims of ethnic and religious conflicts in Brussels that Hungary’s policies will help persecuted Christians return to their homelands in the Middle East
“We, Hungarians, want Syrian, Iraqi and Nigerian Christians to be able to return home to the land that their ancestors have inhabited for hundreds of years as soon as possible, this is what we call Hungarian solidarity (…) Hungary helps," the prime minister said
The Hungarian government has put forward a unique effort in its global humanitarian initiative, Hungary Helps. It aims to achieve far more than what one would expect from a country of Hungary’s size, focusing particularly on assistance to troubled communities in their homeland, rather than promoting the resettlement to Europe of those in crisis zones.
Hungary's foreign minister highlighted how important it was for Europe to maintain Lebanon’s stability, and Hungary would double the 400 million EUR allocated to Lebanon for refugee services under an agreement with the EU in order to help economic development
The Hungarian government has issued a decree with the aim of helping persecuted Christian families stay in, or return to, their homelands in the Middle East. In total, 580 million HUF (1.9m EUR) has been set aside to restore the houses in Telskuf
The Hungarian government has been a strong advocate for allocating resources to aid and reconstruction efforts in communities impacted by war, rather than importing the problems to Europe. In its global initiative to bring help where it is most needed, the government of Hungary aims to do more than its fair share and has recently allocated 2 million USD toward the reconstruction of a Christian community near Mosul.
The Hungarian government has allocated 1.9 million EUR to rebuild 200 Christian homes in Iraq, 470,000 EUR to buy medical supplies for a hospital, 400,000 EUR to build a Christian school, and 500,000 EUR to provide humanitarian aid. The Syrian Catholic and Orthodox churches will receive 1 million EUR each