Christian advocates call on Trump to take action a year after genocide declaration

A year after former Secretary of State John F. Kerry declared that the Islamic State has committed genocide against Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East, advocates, lawmakers as well as survivors of the terror group's atrocities have called on U.S. president Donald Trump to take action on the issue.

(REUTERS / Asmaa Waguih)Yazidi refugees sell chickens at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Duhok, Iraq February 28, 2015.

Exactly a year ago from last Friday, Kerry declared that the atrocities that ISIS had committed against Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East constituted genocide. The move came after the House voted unanimously in favor of the genocide declaration, The Washington Times details.

On the anniversary of the genocide declaration, Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.) remembered she was surprised that the genocide resolution passed. She admitted that she previously had not expected the measure to pass the House.

"It's hard to believe that a year has gone by since the resolution passed in the House, and as I have often said to my wonderful, blessed friend, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, if someone had said to me around that time that this would pass the House, I would have said, 'I don't think so,'" Rep. Eshoo said on Thursday. "And yet it did, and it became the policy of the United States of America that there indeed was [and] is a genocide that is taking place."

For genocide survivor Nadia Murad, who belongs to the Yazidi sect, the genocide declaration is an essential step in the efforts to put a stop to the killings of religious minorities.

Meanwhile, the Knights of Columbus marked the anniversary of the genocide declaration by donating almost $2 million to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East. The organization's CEO Carl Anderson reiterated the need to protect and help those who are being targeted for such atrocities, Catholic News Agency reports.

In addition, Anderson also called on the Trump administration to take concrete steps towards putting a stop to the ongoing genocide. Other Christian leaders have also expressed similar thoughts and have called on their new president to do more in aid of the persecuted believers.