By Theodore Shoebat
ISIS terrorists took a Christian man, telling him that if he loved Jesus so much, that he would die like Him. They tortured him for five hours, crucifying him, tearing his stomach open and leaving him to die. They even forced his wife and children to watch. Here is the story:
A Christian man who fled an ISIS-controlled town outside Qaraqosh has shared how militants violently crucified his brother-in-law “like Jesus” and forced his wife and children to watch.
Esam, a father-of-three, told persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor that several of his wife’s relatives had not managed to flee Qaraqosh before IS overtook the predominately Christian town in 2014. Like all Christians in the region, they were given an ultimatum: leave, convert to Islam, pay a protection tax (jiyza) or be killed. Those who refused to comply with ISIS’ demands were shown little mercy.
“My wife’s brother was crucified by Daesh,” Esam said, using another name for ISIS. “He was crucified and tortured in front of his wife and children, who were forced to watch. They told him that if he loved Jesus that much, he would die like Jesus.”
Esam said the fighters tortured his relative from 6pm until 11pm; they cut his stomach open and shot him before leaving him hanging, crucified.
The Christian man revealed that eventually, a Swedish organization helped the man’s wife and children, where they now reside. Like thousands of other Iraqi Christians forced to flee their hometowns, Esam is currently seeking refuge in neighboring Jordan.
Two other members of his wife’s family, a Christian couple, were abducted by the terrorist group, Esam revealed. To this day, the husband has not been heard of since and the wife “now lives with one of the Daesh [IS] amirs.”
Other girls from his hometown were taken as sex slaves: “We heard of 12 Christian girls who are with Daesh,” he said. “They may be more. Our bishop told people not to tell if they lose their girls: it is a shame on the family.”
Since 2014, a number of reports have emerged of ISIS militants killing and brutalizing Christians and other minorities for violating the caliphate’s draconian laws. A decade ago, 35,000 Christians lived in Mosul. Now maybe 20 or 30 remain.