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ICC Note: In the wake of the release of the grisly ISIS video depicting the execution of nearly 30 Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians on April 19, one Eritrean ISIS escapee says the militants forced him to watch the killings. Sixteen-year-old Nael Goitom is left traumatized by the experience where he was also forced to convert from Christianity to Islam and become a “cub of the caliphate.” Goitom was reportedly kidnapped on March 3 when his caravan containing dozens of Ethiopian, Eritrean, and Somali migrants was stopped en route to Tripoli, Libya by militants who let the Somalis go free.

By Gianluca Mezzofiore

4/23/15 Libya (IBTimes) – A 16-year-old Eritrean migrant who escaped captivity under the Islamic State (Isis) in Libya has exclusively told IBTimes UK that the jihadists forced him to watch the beheading and shooting of Eritrean and Ethiopian Christians.

Nael Goitom fled IS captivity along with four other Eritreans minors on 7 April after the extremists decided to move their Libyan camp in the desert to get away from fighting in the area.

“We thought: it’s better to try to escape than to wait to be slaughtered by them,” he told IBTimes UK in an interview. They walked for four days before reaching a settled area and asking for help.

Under more than a month of IS captivity, the Christian boys were forced to learn the Koran to become “Cubs of the Caliphate”. “They asked us ‘what do you choose, to be killed or to become Muslims?’ Of course we choose the latter. ‘We’ll fight for you’, we said,” Nael said.


But the most harrowing account regards the execution of dozens of Ethiopian and Eritrean Christians in Libya by IS militants, which was shown in a 30-minute video featuring extensive rants against Christianity and the West.

The final part of the clip shows a group of men dressed in black who are said to be hostages in southern Libya held by a group of IS fighters clutching machine guns.

Then, the prisoners are shot in the back of the head. The video also depicts masked militants escorting a group of men in orange jumpsuits along a beach. The men’s severed heads are later shown in the sand.