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Before Dying, Iraqi Christian Girl Who Was Burnt Alive by ISIS Tells Mother to 'Forgive Them'

( [email protected] ) May 20, 2016 12:19 PM EDT
Nothing is more painful for the Christian mother from Mosul, Iraq than to witness her 12-year-old daughter suffer and die in her arms. Adding that agony were her daughter's plea for her murderers "forgive them."
"Forgive them" were the girl's last words before she died from severe burn all over her body. Photo: Reuters

Nothing is more painful for the Christian mother from Mosul, Iraq than to witness her 12-year-old daughter suffer and die in her arms. Adding that agony were her daughter's plea for her murderers "forgive them."

ISIS militants barged into their house demanding for Jizya - a tax for non-Muslim living in their controlled territories. There was a short negotiation between the ISIS and the girl's mother before the militants torched their house.

They escaped the blaze, but the girl suffered fourth degree burn all over her body. At the hospital and before death took her, the girl told her mother one last thing in a mumbling voice about her murderers "forgive them" -  a scenario reminiscent of Jesus' uttering the first of his seven last words as he lay dying on the cross.

Her story was among the hundreds of accounts of Christian persecution heard in New York last month. A human rights advocate described how the young girl had been in the shower when the jihadists came knocking.

"You have two choices, you are to leave or you are to pay the Jizya," they told the girl's mother in a harsh voice. The mother asked for some seconds because her daughter was still in a shower room.

"I will pay, just give me a few seconds, my daughter is in the shower," the mother was quoted by human right advocate Jacqueline Isaac as saying.  But the ISIS became more agitated and blurted "you don't have a few seconds" and set their house on fire.

Jacqueline Isaac, vice president of the Road of Success, relayed their story to the public with high hope that light will finally come to purify darkness and give hope to the Yazidis and Christian minority.

Earlier, a 15-year-old Samia Slemen also testified about the atrocities of ISIS recounting her ordeal in her six months of captivity.

She said girls as young as seven were raped and forced to convert to Islam while older women were killed because they were not considered worthy to be kept as sex slaves. Men were detained separately and some were killed.

In the battle front, the Pentagon claimed that Jihadists are losing territories in Iraq and Syria day after day using the combination of aerial bombings and ground attacks by allied forces and local militias.