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Iraqi woman tells of harrowing ordeal with Islamic State jihadist

Blade at her neck, 54-year-old Iraqi Christian Khiria Al-Kas Isaac told her attacker that she would rather die than give up her Christian faith. Instead of decapitating her, the Islamists robbed her of all her possessions before eventually driving her from her home in Qaraqosh.

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Told to 'Convert or you will be killed,' 54-year-old Iraqi Christian Khiria Al-Kas Isaac answered: 'I am happy to be a martyr.'

Told to "Convert or you will be killed," 54-year-old Iraqi Christian Khiria Al-Kas Isaac answered: "I am happy to be a martyr."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
9/11/2014 (5 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Iraqi, Christian, Islamic State, death threats


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Many of the jihadists have been described as "foreigners with long beards."

Khiria is one of a growing number of Christian refugees to escape over the border to Kurdish-controlled territory. Many have terrifying stories of how they narrowly escaped with their lives after they refused to convert to Islam.

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Khiria said she and husband, Mufeed Wadee' Tobiya, awoke on the morning of August 7 to find that Qaraqosh had been taken over by ISIS fighters.

The militants, "who spoke different languages" repeatedly told her from the beginning that if she did not convert to Islam she would be decapitated. When she refused, she and 46 women who likewise refused were separated from their families and whipped and beaten over a 10-day period in an attempt to make them renounce their Christian faith.

"I answered [the terrorists] immediately, I was born Christian and if that leads me to death, I prefer to die a Christian," she said.

"Jesus said: 'Whoever denies me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven.'" She said quoting from the Gospel of St. Matthew (10:33).

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.

An ISIS terrorist who was flogging her across her back told her he would "hurt you more" unless she became a Muslim, she said unto him, "I am an old lady [and] sick. I have not got any daughter or son that may increase the number of Muslims or follow you, what is the benefit if I will convert?"

On the 10th day all of the women were assembled together again and a terrorist "put the sword on my neck in front of all the ladies and said to me: 'Convert or you will be killed.'"

Khiria answered: "I am happy to be a martyr."

The terrorists then robbed her of all possessions, including money she had saved for a kidney operation, and drove close to Kurdish territory where she was released on September 4 along with her husband and two other women.

The following day 14 men and women were also expelled from Qaraqosh. It is not known what has happened to the remaining Christians.

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