Reports out of Iraq say that rebel group ISIS, which has been systematically taking over city after city through the Middle Eastern country, is apparently beheading children.
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News of ISIS beheading children comes from a variety of sources, with an interview on CNN bringing the news to light.
In his CNN interview, businessman Mark Arabo tells the reporter of the horrors unfolding in the nation.
“There is a park in Mosul, where [ISIS] they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick and have them in the park,’ he explained. ‘More children are getting beheaded, mothers are getting raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.'”
Opposing Views posted more on comments made by Arabo, who said ISIS beheading children was not the only crimes taking place in Iraq, but Christians were being targeted, as well.
“According to Arabo, ISIS is marking the homes of many of those who have fled with ‘death stamps.’ This means that if any of these people return to their homes, ISIS will kill them on sight.
“‘This is a crime against humanity,’ Arabo stated. ‘This is much broader than a community or a state. This is crime against humanity. They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes that you can think of.’
“He continued, ‘Christian holocaust is in our midst. This should never be happening in 2014.'”
The Gospel Herald is reporting Arabo as saying that 95 percent of Christians in Iraq have so far fled the country and about 5 percent have converted to Islam.
“Just last week, the ISIS bombed a church that was 1,800 years old, and have bombed 6 churches so far.
“While France is leading the way in offering asylum, Arabo is calling on the US and the United Nations to recognnize that this is a genocide and do more to address this crisis.
“‘This living nightmare is not going away,’ he said, ‘but it is only getting worse.’
“‘The world cannot turn a blind eye.'”
ISIS beheading children and others, while initially unbelievable, seem to be backed by photos that have popped up on the internet (via Catholic Online) though they have not been independently verified. You can view the photos here, but you have been warned they the photos are extremely graphic and disturbing.
The conflict in Iraq continues as the world is still on edge over the conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
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