World Vision Responds to Claim That Obama Administration Gave It Money to Help Fund al-Qaeda Affiliate

The international Christian humanitarian organization World Vision has released a statement in response to the recent news that the Obama administration gave it money to help fund an al-Qaeda affiliate.

The National Review published a story on Wednesday that the Obama administration approved $200,000 in grant money to the Sudan-based Islamic Relief Agency, with World Vision as intermediary, even though the organization was listed as a terrorist affiliate in 2004.

“Despite this well-documented history, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in July 2014 awarded $723,405 to World Vision Inc., an international evangelical charity, to ‘improve water, sanitation and hygiene and to increase food security in Sudan’s Blue Nile state.’ Of these funds, $200,000 was to be directed to a sub-grantee: ISRA,” reported the publication.

“Obama-administration officials knowingly approved the transfer of taxpayer dollars to an al-Qaeda affiliate, and not an obscure one but an enormous international network that was often in the headlines.”

In a Wednesday statement, the London-based World Vision explained that they were unaware of the terrorist designation for the group and that they took action once they were made aware of it.

“There are several Islamic Relief organisations operating around the world which are not blocked, and when we searched the blocked parties lists for ‘Islamic Relief’ in ‘Sudan,’ the searches produced no results,” stated World Vision.

“In May 2014, when World Vision applied to renew our registration with [Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control] as a charity working in Sudan, we identified IRA as a sub-grantee in our application. OFAC approved the renewal in August 2014 without any comments or questions about IRA.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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