By Theodore Shoebat
Muslims in Iraq, all members of ISIS, now control the Christian area of Qaraqosh, and have cut off the water supply that nourished the Christians there. Laith, a local Christian teacher of this area, lamented:
Our lives revolve around water
The Muslim jihadists went out of their way to block the pipes that connect the Christian areas with the Tigris river. Father Amanoel Adel Kalloo had this to say on the Islamic oppression of Christians in the region:
The [militants] want to erase our history and break our faith… We must struggle to preserve this, but so much has already been lost.
On top of that, the ISIS now controls key oil refineries in Iraq, forcing the price of gas to soar unbearably. Christians are now toiling to pay for gas for their cars. Firaz Petros, a local Christian, now has to carpool with other Christians and they pay the gas together. Firaz added:
We’re barely earning enough to live
One report said:
Qaraqosh is one of the last refuges in northern Iraq for Christians fleeing persecution by the militants of Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, who swept into the region in June. A historic Christian city of 50,000 about 19 miles southeast of Mosul, Qaraqosh is under the formidable protection of the well-armed Peshmerga—the Kurdish fighters whose autonomous region disputes the area with both ISIL and the Iraqi central government based in Baghdad. Now, in a further effort to oust Christians from land they have inhabited for two millennia, the Islamic militants have begun turning off a precious utility: water.