ISIS chops off Christian boy’s fingertips before crucifixion

By Douglas Ernst

Islamic State (Photo: PBS screenshot)
Islamic State (Photo: PBS screenshot)

Indigenous missionaries near Aleppo, Syria, over the summer have provided gruesome details of ISIS’ slaughter of 11 Christians on Aug. 28 – including the crucifixion of a young boy and the public rape of two women while a crowd watched.

Christian Aid Mission, a nondenominational nonprofit with more than 500 ministries overseas and tens-of-thousands of indigenous missionaries, said victims were executed when they refused to renounced their faith. The organization has operated in Washington, D.C., since 1953.

A 12-year-old child’s fingertips were cut off and two women, aged 29 and 33, were raped before a crowd, the organization reported Oct. 1. Three men and the boy were crucified. All were ultimately beheaded.

“It is like going back 1,000 years seeing the barbarity that Christians are having to live under – I think we are dealing with a group which makes Nazism pale in comparison and I think they have lost all respect for human life,” said Patrick Sookhdeo, founder of Barnabas Fund. The organization finds ways to direct charitable gifts to persecuted Christians living in Muslim countries.

Christian Aid was told the victims prayed leading up to their executions and one woman exclaimed, “Jesus!” before her beheading.

Paul Marshall, Lela Gilbert and Nina Shea have collaborated to create “Persecuted: The Global Assault on Christians,” which confirms that groups like Pew Research, Newsweek and The Economist also identify Christians as “the world’s most widely persecuted religious group.”

The head of the indigenous ministry, who chose to remain anonymous, said he advised fellow missionaries to leave.

“Every time we talked to them, they were always saying, ‘We want to stay here – this is what God has told us to do. This is what we want to do.’ They just wanted to stay and share the gospel,” the director said, the nonprofit reported.

Roughly 700,000 Christian of Syria’s population of 1.1 million have fled the country since 2011, the Express reported Tuesday.

Names of the workers, who were originally captured Aug. 7, have been with held for security reasons, the newspaper reported.

Christian Aid Mission’s reporting matches other stories from the region at the time.

“Islamic State has crushed a pocket of resistance to its control in eastern Syria, crucifying two people and executing 23 others in the past five days,” Reuters reported Aug. 11.

Much of the reporting on the Sunni terror group’s executions has been verified by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based nonprofit dedicated to monitoring human rights abuses across the Middle East.

The organization, which opened in 2006, has sources on the ground in Syria and across the region.

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