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ICC Note: Christians are always exposed to greater dangers and challenges when searching for peace and freedom. Captured women and children are more vulnerable to the threats of the terrorist groups who usually abuse and torture them because they take advantage of the refugees who have left everything. The Islamic State (IS) for example, turn refugee women into sex slaves and they use them a human currency to attract and reward fighters in Libya, Syria, Iraq and their other territories. Even though they condemn those that try to escape, they also force smugglers to pay taxes in exchange for a safe passage. The victims are not only deprived from their freedom and peace, but their willingness to survive, since they are not treated like humans anymore and they lose all hope. Most of those that are captured are killed and if their lives are spared, they are forced to convert to Islam and serve their new cause. Sadly, the majority of these victims are Christian women, who refuse to convert and therefore, become a double target for these villains.

08/20/2016, Libya (Christian Today) – On the night of June 2, 2015, gunmen blocked a highway on Libya’s northern coast and stopped a white truck speeding toward Tripoli, the capital. The men trained their assault rifles on the driver. Three climbed aboard to search the cargo.

Ruta Fisehaye, a 24-year-old Eritrean, was lying on the bed of the truck’s first trailer. Beside her lay 85 Eritrean men and women, one of whom was pregnant. A few dozen Egyptians hid in the second trailer. All shared one dream – to reach Europe.

The gunmen ordered the migrants off the truck. They separated Muslims from Christians and, then, men from women. They asked those who claimed to be Muslims to recite the Shahada, a pledge to worship only Allah. All of the Egyptians shouted the words in unison.

“There is no god but God. Muhammad is the messenger of God.”

“Allahu Akbar,” the gunmen called back.

Fisehaye realized then that she was in the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Her captors wore robes with beige camouflage print – clothes she had not seen on other men in Libya. Most of them hid behind black ski masks. A black flag waved from one of their pickup trucks.

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