Life is horrible’: Syria’s Christians fear total genocide
ICC Note: Syrian Christians fear that the forces of ISIS will lead to the extinction of Christians in the nation of Syria. In Raqqa, IS stronghold, only a handful and sick and elderly Christians remain living under the threat of execution or conversion. Syrian Christians for Peace is working hard to help these last few escape, but the threat of total annihilation for Christianity remains a very clear and immanent threat.
05/11/2016 Syria (Fox News): Only a handful of mostly sick or elderly Christians remain in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, and Syrian Christians fear the forces that have brought that city’s population of Gospel followers to the brink of extinction could do the same for the entire nation.
An estimated dozen Christian families are still in the northern city, forced under threat of execution to convert, pay an “infidel” tax or go into hiding. Forbidden from leaving, they also face death from attacks directed at ISIS by Damascus, Russia and the U.S.-led Western coalition.
“We are trying to help them escape or stay safe, in hiding,” said Ayman Abdel Nour, executive director of Syrian Christians for Peace. “Their life is horrible. The people of Raqqa are being forced to live like it was 1,400 years ago.”