ERBIL: Displaced Christians still search for a home after being expelled by the IS.
Rostom Sefarian a 63-year-old Iraqi Christian tells, “They [IS] held me captive for five days, without food or water, constantly beating me. One day, I felt a cold blade under my neck, and someone told me, ‘If you become a Muslim, we will not kill you.’”
However, Sefarian was later released after five days of captivity, when his family agreed to pay a $72,000 (U.S.) ransom. It was the second time Sefarian was kidnapped by these jihadists; his family paid $12,000 to free him after one day in captivity in January.
The Iraqi Christian population has minimized significantly from a high 1.3 million in 1991 to between 300,000 and 500,000 according to recent estimates. This recent decrease has raised fears about the possible extinction of one of the most ancient Christian communities in the world.