Excerpted From Christian Today: A survivor of the Islamic State (ISIS) rampage in Iraq has provided a fresh account of a Christian man’s horrific crucifixion by the Islamist extremists.
The survivor identified only as Esam told the persecution watchdog World Watch Monitor that ISIS militants brutally crucified his brother-in-law “like Jesus” and forced his wife and children to watch.
“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 militants tortured his brother-in-law for five hours—6 p.m. up to 11 p.m. They then crucified him, cut his stomach open and shot him, he added.
Last year, the Virginia-based Christian Aid Mission reported that ISIS heinously tortured and killed a 12-year-old boy, along with 11 local Christian missionaries, after they refused to leave their homeland or renounce Christ, the Gospel Herald reported.
“All were badly brutalized and then crucified,” an indigenous ministry leader told the outlet. “They were left on their crosses for two days. No one was allowed to remove them.”
Esam said two other members of his wife’s family, a Christian couple, were also abducted by ISIS. To this day, the husband has not been heard of since and the wife “now lives with one of the Daesh amirs,” he said.
The survivor also revealed that Christian girls from his hometown were taken as sex slaves by the ISIS militants. “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” because “it is a shame on the family.” Keep reading