A Christian girl who was set on fire by ISIS militants said "forgive them" as she died in her mother's arms. The little girl, thought to be 12-years-old, was in the shower of her home in Mosul, Iraq, when the terrorists demanded her mother pay a tax or get out. The mother said she would pay, but asked if they could wait until her daughter was out of the shower. But the ISIS fighters stormed into the bathroom where the girl was and set it on fire.
Jacqueline Isaac, a human rights advocate, said: “The ISIS foreign fighters were at her door and they told her ‘you have two choices, you are to leave now or you are to pay the Jaziya’. “She said ‘I will pay, give me a few seconds my daughter is in the shower’. “They said ‘you don’t have a few seconds’ and they lit the house with a torch from the bathroom the daughter was showering in.”
Both mother and child managed to escape the burning house but the child died from her devastating injuries.
Miss Isaac added: “The daughter had four degree burns and the mother took her daughter, scrambling, doing anything to save her. Rushed her to the hospital and her daughter died in her arms. The last thing her daughter said was: ‘Forgive them’. "In the midst of darkness, there is light. When there is light, there is hope.”
Ms Isaacs, vice president of the advocacy group Road of Success, gave the testimony during a conference on April 28 in New York on the persecution of Christians. She also described how some parents with children in captivity received knocks on their door. When they opened the door, they found plastic black bags with the body parts of their daughters, and a video which showed daughters being raped and tortured.
She said: "They're parents, they're just like us. They're mothers, they're fathers, these are not numbers. They are living in an unfortunate part of the world. "I promised I would not leave without sharing their voices with the entire world. This is a call for action."
A spokesman for Christian charity Open Doors, told the Express: “Iraq is one of the most difficult places in the world to be a Christian, and thousands have been forced to flee their homes by the self-proclaimed Islamic State. “Sadly, this is just one more example of the atrocities being committed by extremists in this region, but I regularly hear of incredible stories of faith like this where Christians forgive their persecutors.”