Speeches Shim

May 26, 2020

When the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) invaded northern Iraq in 2014, Ali Hassan* and his family were forced to flee. Hassan’s hometown of Bashiqa is renowned for its centuries-old tradition of tahini production. His family business, which had been producing tahini for 47 years, was destroyed during the invasion.

February 13, 2020

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to the Federal Republic of Germany and the Republic of Tunisia from February 13-18, 2020.

February 7, 2020

USAID National Security Advisor Eddy Acevedo, Senior Advisor Neilesh Shelat, and Special Advisor on Religious Pluralism in the Middle East Samah Norquist are visiting Jordan February 9-10 to advance USAID’s bilateral cooperation with Jordan and its work to support religious and ethnic minorities in the country.

October 25, 2019

In furtherance of a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in December 2018, USAID and the Government of Hungary are proud to announce new coordinated projects for the recovery of the town of Qaraqosh in the Ninewa Plain, and in Sinjar.

October 11, 2019

The assistance that USAID provides to people across the world is, it's an expression of American Compassion. But, it's also a reflection of our history and our values. We know that the free exercise of religion is what brought the first pilgrims to our shores. Ronald Reagan often spoke of his belief that America should be a shining city on a hill. An example of liberty for the rest of the world. Of course, he was borrowing from one of those same pilgrims, John Winthrop, who was in turn borrowing from the Gospel according to Matthew. USAID works on religious liberty because we firmly believe that it's not merely an American value, but a universal one. Simply put: Billions of souls all around the world feel strongly that their spiritual beliefs give purpose and meaning to their lives and protecting each other's right to worship. That's really protecting each other's humanity.