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Iraqi Christian: ‘ISIS terrorist held a sword to my throat but I refused to convert’


SIMON CALDWELL

Source:
Catholic Herald UK
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
9/11/2014

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ABSTRACT Iraqi Christian: ‘ISIS terrorist held a sword to my throat but I refused to convert’ | CatholicHerald.co.uk Thu 11th Sep 2014 | Last updated: Thu 11th Sep 2014 at 10:59am Home Latest News Features Comment & Blogs Multimedia Catholic Life Spiritual Life Saint of the week The week ahead The word this week Archive Jobs Advertising Subscribe Hot Topics Pope Francis Pope Benedict XVI Papal Visit 2010 general audience Vatican Latest News Iraqi Christian: ‘ISIS terrorist held a sword to my throat but I refused to convert’ By Simon Caldwell on Thursday, 11 September 2014 In This Article Iraq , Iraqi Christian , ISIS , Kurdistan , martyrs , persecution , persecution of Christians , Qaraqosh , Syria Share Share | Related Posts Elderly Iraqi Christians defy Islamic State terrorists Thousands of Iraqis flee as militants seize ‘Christian capital’ Iraqi Christians brave heat to demand help from United Nations Obama threatens air strikes against ISIS in Syria Prince Charles supports Iraqi Christians facing ‘diabolic evil’ Zemanta Iraqi refugee Khiria Al-Kas Isaac (Pic by Sahar Mansour in Ankawa, Iraq) An Iraqi Christian woman described this week how she defied ISIS terrorists who put a sword to her throat and told her to either convert to Islam or lose her head. With the blade at her neck, she replied that she would rather die than give up her Christian faith. But instead of decapitating her, the Islamists – many of whom she described as foreigners with long beards – robbed her of all her possessions before eventually driving her from Qaraqosh. The woman, Khiria Al-Kas Isaac, 54, is one of a rising number of Christian refugees to escape over the border to Kurdish-controlled territory with tales of how they narrowly escaped with their lives after they refused to convert to Islam. Weeping as she recounted her ordeal, Khiria said she and husband, Mufeed Wadee’ Tobiya, awoke on the morning of August 7 to find that Qaraqosh had been over-run by ISIS fighters. She was told repeatedly by the militants, “who spoke different languages”, from the first day that if she did not convert to Islam she would be decapitated. When she ref- used, she and 46 women, who had also rejected such demands, were separated from their families and whipped and beaten over a 10-day period in an attempt to make them abandon their Christian faith. Khiria said: “I answered [the terrorists] immediately, I was born Christian and if that leads me to death, I prefer to die a Christian.” Quoting from the Gospel of St Matthew (10:33), she said: “Jesus said: ‘Whoever denies me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven’.” Khiria said that the women were often assembled as a group to be whipped so that they could witness how the others were suffering grievously. She said that none of the women capitulated under the scourging and other cruelties inflicted upon them. “All of us were crying but refused to convert,” Khiria said. She added that when an ISIS terrorist who was flogging her across her back told her he.......