TODAY’S GUEST: Joel Veldkamp is the international communications officer for Christian Solidarity International. He was born and raised in Iowa, and currently lives in Geneva, Switzerland. He lived in Damascus, Syria, in 2010-2011 working as an English teacher, and thereafter worked for CSI for three years in Washington DC. He received his master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago in 2016, and his PhD in history in 2021, for a dissertation about the Christians of Aleppo under the French occupation (1920-1936). He has traveled on CSI project trips to Nigeria, South Sudan, Iraq, Egypt, and Armenia. He speaks Arabic, French, and some Armenian.
Founded over 40 years ago, CSI is an international Christian human rights organization, campaigning for religious liberty and human dignity, and assisting victims of religious persecution, victimized children and victims of catastrophe. CSI delivers emergency food assistance, medical treatment, and other lifesaving aid to victims of religious persecution and natural disasters in Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Nigeria, South Sudan, Pakistan, and other hotspots around the globe. CSI is currently the only organization working to liberate Christians and other South Sudanese forced into slavery by government-backed forces during the Sudanese civil war.
At last week’s International Ministerial Conference on Freedom of Religion and Belief, Dr. Joel Veldkamp, International Communications Officer for Christian Solidarity International (CSI), presented first-hand evidence of anti-Christian sectarian violence in Nigeria after a recent fact-finding visit to the area. Fiona Bruce, the United Kingdom’s Special Envoy for Religious Freedom and Belief, expressed frustration…
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