ICC Note: Iraqi Christians are continuing to leave their homes and communities following ISIS attacks. However, there still remains a population of Christians that cannot afford to leave or are unable to for other reasons. These Christians are facing the blunt of persecution, suffering through unaffordable taxes and increasing violence. One man has even reported that when he was unable to pay a $250 fine, his wife and daughter were brutally raped in front of him. It is estimated that more than 10,000 Christians have fled near the city of Mosul where ISIS initially attacked.
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07/07/14 Iraq (Christian Post) – Christians in Iraq are continuing to leave their homes in large numbers following the ISIS takeover but those unable to leave are facing brutality and hardship under the militants, Barnabas Fund is warning.
Those still in the areas taken over by ISIS are being told to pay a $250 tax for being non-Muslims, but many of them cannot afford to pay it.
There were harrowing reports in the last week of a man being forced to watch ISIS militants rape his wife and daughter after the family was unable to pay the tax.
Last weekend, two nuns, Miskintah and Utoor Joseph, and three young Christians, Hala Salim, Sarah Khosaba and Aram Sabah went missing on their way back to Mosul after taking orphaned girls to Dohuk for their safety. It is feared they have been abducted by militants.
“Christians in Islamic State territory are clearly in extreme danger,” said Barnabas Fund.
The organisation is providing aid to many of the Christians who have fled their homes since ISIS took over and started implementing strict Sharia law.
Last week, UNHCR said 10,000 people had fled from Christian communities in Qaraqosh, near Mosul, with many of them ending up in Erbil with very few possessions.
It said some 300,000 Iraqis had arrived in the Kurdistan region from Mosul’s Ninewa province.