ICC Note: Christians across Iraq have faced incredible persecution over the past 6 months, as the jihadist militants from ISIS conquered larger portions of Iraq. Even still some of the stories are just now coming out of what they faced. Canon Andrew White tells of four young Christians who proclaimed love for Jesus and were executed for it.
12/03/2014 Iraq (JPost) Young Christians in Iraq are taking a stand against the Islamic State (ISIS)– even if it costs them their life.
When ISIS militants gave four Iraqi children the choice of converting to Islam or death by beheading, the children chose to follow Jesus, the Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, stated in an interview with the Orthodox Christian Network.
“Islamic State turned up and said to the children, you say the words that you will follow Mohammed,” White stated. “The children, all under 15, four of them, said ‘No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus), we have always loved Yesua, we have always followed Yesua, Yesua has always been with us.’”
Then once again, the ISIS militants forced the children to convert and yet again they refused. The terrorists decapitated all four children.
White, who has received personal death threats from the Islamic State, currently resides in Israel. He has said that it is “impossible” for Christians to live in Iraq due to the relentless persecution of the religious minority.
More than 250,000 Christians have fled Northern Iraq amid ISIS persecution.