ISIS expels 10 elderly Christians from Mosul who refused to convert to Islam.
According to media reports, the militiamen of terror group Islamic State have expelled 10 elderly Christians from Mousl because they refused to convert to Islam. ISIS has declared Islamic Caliphate in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. All of these elderly denied to renounce the Christian faith and to convert to Islam.
On Wednesday, January 7 this group of elders were housed in Kirkuk, after they spent two days in the extreme cold in “no man’s land” in the villages occupied by the militiamen of the Islamic State and the area under the control of the Kurdish Peshmerga.
Some of these elderly are facing serious health problems, were welcomed in Kirkuk. “They had thrown us out from our villages and our homes to occupy them and then we were all clumped together in a residence in Mosul. We managed to survive thanks to the assistance of some Muslim families, who brought us food and what we needed. Then, at some point, those of the Caliphate told us we could stay there only if we converted to Islam. I refused. If you want, send me away,” says Rachel, one of the elders.
Once these elderly Christians were expelled from Mosul, they were provided shelter in Kirkuk, with the intervention of Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Louis I, who managed to convince the local civil authorities to remove the blockade at the check points of entry to the city put in place for security reasons.