World Vision, an enormous international evangelical charity, is active in nearly 100 countries with a total revenue of more than $2 billion. In 2014, World Vision received a grant of over $700,000 from USAID. A part of that amount was earmarked for the Sudan-based ‘Islamic Relief Agency’ (ISRA), for the purposes of “humanitarian relief for displaced persons”. World Vision regarded ISRA as a key partner in the region, and this partnership was subsidized by Western governments and the United Nations.
However, a decade earlier, ISRA was placed on the U.S. sanctions list as a global terrorist entity because of its financial support for Osama Bin Laden and involvement in international terrorist plots.
‘TIJ Talks’ hears from the researchers at the Middle East Forum who broke this story, Cliff Smith and Sam Westrop. They explain how Obama administration officials knowingly authorized the outrageous transfer of money, and why this is not the first time World Vision has run into terror financing problems.