A focus on persecuted minorities and, in particular, women, children and families

The reason for the creation of Israel was that Jews needed a haven they could turn to if the countries they were living in became too dangerous for their Jewish inhabitants. Who would have thought that the same refuge would be needed for Christians, and more strangely, that it would be so difficult to find havens for Christians being driven from their homes? Why this is even controversial I do not know, but this is the decision that has been made by the Government today.

Australia’s acceptance of an additional 12,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria and Iraq is a “generous” response that reflects the nation’s “proud history as a country with a generous heart”, Tony Abbott says. . . .

The government will dispatch officials to the region “shortly” to begin working with the UNHCR to identify potential candidates for resettlement, with a focus on persecuted minorities and, in particular, women, children and families.

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