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Christian charity cuts jobs in wake of Trump's refugee executive order

Thu 16 Feb 2017
By Premier Journalist

A Christian aid charity has announced it will be forced to cut at least 140 jobs as a result of the Trump Administration's decision to reduce the number of refugees resettled in the US.



World Relief said in a statement that they will lay off staff across its US Ministry and close local offices in Idaho, Ohio, Florida, Tennessee and Maryland.

The charity praised the work of the five local offices facing closure, saying they had collectively resettled more than 25,000 refugees in the last 40 years.

"It has been our great privilege to serve both local churches and resilient refugee and immigrant families in each of these communities," says World Relief President Scott Arbeiter. "Our staff at each of these locations have served diligently and sacrificially-some of them for many years-and we are deeply saddened to have to make this difficult decision."

The charity - whose ministries also include disaster response, health and child development programmes and peacebuilding - says that despite the setback, it will continue to serve the vulnerable.

"We fully intend to continue the critical work of resettling refugees and serving other immigrants in the communities where we serve throughout the United States," says Breene. "We are redoubling our efforts to find solutions to serve displaced peoples in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, and elsewhere around the globe. We urge the Trump Administration to renew and reinvigorate efforts to work together with the global humanitarian community to meet this urgent crisis head on."

World Relief was founded in 1944 as the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals.

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