Iraqi-Americans Leave Lincoln, Take Message to Washington

LINCOLN, Neb.-- Dozens of Iraqi-Americans from Lincoln hit the road to the nation's capital this week, hoping to influence the U.S. government to send much needed help to their families threatened by Islamic militants in Iraq.

The Obama Administration met with advisers and announced it will air drop food and supplies to these families.

But, protesters in Washington D.C. said this is only a step in the right direction.

Several dozen left Lincoln hoping to make a change for their friends and family in Iraq, as an estimated 15,000 minorities are currently surrounded by the group of Islamic militants known as ISIS.

"We hope to get [family and friends] some help," David, an Iraqi-American from Lincoln said, "and some food and water, for those kids and [women] stuck in the mountains. And, we hope the United States will send the U.S. military over there to help them out."

David declined to give his last name, but has spent the last two days protesting in Washington.

Some of his own loved ones are stuck in a Kurdish region of Iraq, surrounded by a militant group called ISIS.

"It's really hard for us," David said.

"And, even we try contacting, they don't have phones, they don't have anything. Even Facebook. Nothing."

Some of the same protesters staged demonstrations in Lincoln in recent months, but felt going to Washington may make a bigger impact.

Though some believe these humanitarian will help, David also said more needs to be done to help protect their families in Iraq.

The White House is also considering military strikes to stop the advances of ISIS.

President Obama also said Thursday combat troops will not be sent to Iraq.


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