How Two Americans Helped More Than 100 Iraqi Christian Refugees Escape ISIS [ABC]


How Two Americans Helped More Than 100 Iraqi Christian Refugees Escape ISIS

An American husband and wife team helped more than 100 Iraqi Christian refugees escape ISIS terror threats in their homeland and flee to Europe.

Joseph and Michele Assad, former U.S. counter-terrorism officers, helped arrange for 25 families, 149 refugees in all including 62 children, to board a privately-chartered plane in the Kurdistan region of Iraq on Dec. 10, and land in Kosice, Slovakia, where they will be granted asylum within a month.

“We are so proud of Slovakia,” Michele Assad told ABC News “20/20.” “They were very courageous to make this decision and it wasn’t an easy one to make, yet they did. … We hope other countries will have similar courage.”


Thanks for sharing good news!


Why isn’t this story making the mainstream media outlets?


Because its not about terrorists?

I am glad that Sloavakia is stepping up.

Now why can’t OUR state department help more CHRISTIANS (in addition to the others that are being persecuted)




Praise be to God!


I think Glen Beck also went over there to help rescue refugees and they came through Slovakia.




it might be on his website, but he was out of the studio two weeks ago and reported from the country they were bringing the Christian refugees from.


It looks like now, Beck was involved, Beck helped raise funds for this same charitable project, $ 12 million.


As ABC News’ “20/20″ highlighted two Americans who have helped more than 100 Iraqi Christians flee from the Islamic State, there’s just one thing missing, according to TheBlaze founder Glenn Beck.

In fact, according to a Facebook post from Beck, that one thing was the “only condition” he said that he asked ABC for — mention of the people who sent in money or donations in order to help with the refugee project. In a piece about the special online, ABC News simply reported that Beck’s charity, Mercury One’s Nazarene Fund, raised more than $12 million to help with the project.

As ABC also reported, Michelle and Joseph Assad were in charge of the plan to get the Christian refugees out of Iraq and into a country that would grant them asylum, such as Slovakia.

“Please let me apologize to you. We did our best to try to get them to tell the part of the story about you doing bake sales and sending in wedding rings etc but networks do what they do,” Beck wrote.
The radio host also said that he was “horrified” that the news special would encourage people to donate through the United Nations which he said was the “worst way” to help.**

“For ABC to do a positive story on this in the first place was a Red Sea sized miracle as it is,” Beck said.


thank you Path_Finder. I wondered if this was the same project. I do remember Glen mentioning ABC because they wanted Glen to take their journalist on his plane to get her/him out of there because of the danger. yes, Glen’s listeners did help raise money. thanks for posting what you did.


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