An Iraqi man holding a cross and al-qur’an during mass at Mar Girgis Church in Baghdad | Photo courtesy of: Reuters and IBT
Seventy-year-old Yacub was among the few Christians who did not obey the Isis ultimatum issued to all Christians to leave the city of Mosul by 19 July. He was too old to leave.
When the Sunni extremists came forcing their way into his house to kill him, his Muslim neighbours pleaded with the rebels to spare him.
“All the people in my neighbourhood were Muslim. They came to help me — about 20 people — at the door in front of my house. They tried to convince Isis not to kill me.”
They spared him but took away his ID card and threw him out of his house.
Mosul had boasted a Christian community for almost 2,000…
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