United States President Barack Obama on Friday cited the humanitarian work done by the Sikh community as he spoke about the strength that comes from uniting all faiths against fear.

“When the Earth cleaves in Haiti, Christians, Sikhs, and other faith groups sent volunteers to distribute aid, tend to the wounded, rebuild homes for the homeless,” Obama said in his annual address to the national prayer breakfast in the presence of religious and global leaders in Washington.

“Whether fighting global poverty or working to end the scourge of human trafficking, you are the leaders of what Pope Francis calls ‘this march of living hope’,” he said as he mentioned the work done by Sikhs during various natural disasters across the globe. “When Ebola ravaged West Africa, Jewish, Christian, Muslim groups responded to the outbreak to save lives. As the news fanned the flames of fear, churches and mosques responded with a powerful rebuke, welcoming survivors into their pews,” Obama said.

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