Last June, Islamic State militants forced 100,000 Christians to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul in a single night.
In an interview with the Daily Express, Iraqi priest Father Douglas Bazi shared details of how the city’s population was given a 24-hour ultimatum to convert to ISIS’ radical Islam or face execution.
He said 100,000 Christians chose to flee, penniless, leaving their homes and livelihoods behind. Those who stayed behind had to pay a Jizya – an Islamist tax for non-believers – of more than a year’s salary for an average Iraqi. Those who could not pay were beheaded.
“Before 2003 we were two million Christians in Iraq. Now we are maybe 180,000,” Bazi said.
“At least 1,800 Christians have been killed since 2003 in Iraq. That’s why the people are afraid.
“Overnight 100,000 people escaped from Mosul and escaped from ISIS. When they arrived and took over Mosul they told the people we have three conditions according to Sharia. READ MORE