• Youth participants from various backgrounds clean a historic religious site in Telkaif, northern Iraq.

  • USAID funded the rehabilitation of Hamdaniya Hospital through the United Nations Development Program.

  • Lebanese and refugee women beneficiaries under a USAID grant to the Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut produce face masks for healthcare providers in Lebanon in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Advancing Religious Freedom and Pluralism

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Middle East

Advancing international religious freedom is a major foreign policy priority of the United States in order to reduce levels of religious persecution, bias and discrimination, reduce religion-related violent extremism and terrorism, and track and prevent potential mass atrocities through early warning systems.

The Middle East has a rich history of religious and ethnic pluralism. In some places, however, policies, social practices, and external influences have fueled religious and ethnic polarization, persecution, and even genocide - as seen perpetrated by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). These factors undermine social cohesion, economic growth, governance, peace, and security. USAID activities that support religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East are essential components to preserve diverse, vibrant communities that are peaceful, prosperous, and secure.

Since 2017, USAID has provided over $370 million for activities that support religious and ethnic minorities across the region.

Contact Information

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Last updated: August 11, 2020

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