Christians throughout the world fear that a Salesian priest who was kidnapped during a deadly attack in Yemen earlier this month might be executed by Islamic State jihadists on Good Friday, following an unconfirmed online report from the Franciscan Sisters of Siessen.
Father Tom Uzhunnalil is believed to have been kidnapped by IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) during an attack at a Missionaries of Charity-run retirement home in Aden, Yemen, on March 4. During the attack, the militants killed 16 people, including four nuns.
A teenage girl in Nigeria who was held by Boko Haram and almost persuaded to become a suicide bomber has revealed some of ways the terror group conditions its victims, including offering "spiritual help."
BBC News reported the story of one girl, aged between 17 to 18, identified only as Hauwa, who was held at a Boko Haram camp in Dikwa for more than a year, and was being groomed to carry out a suicide attack for the terrorists back at the same camp.
"I said 'No,' since my mum is residing in Dikwa, I won't go and kill people there. I would rather go and stay with my family, even if I die there," she explained. more >>
A Yazidi sex slave who was raped three times a day for over 16 month by various Islamic State fighters detailed in a recent interview how she was bought and sold by eight different jihadis and how the group sold off over 800 Yazidi girls inside a Raqqa "meat market."
In an interview with The Daily Mail, 20-year-old Khalida, who was captured by the militant group in Iraq in August 2014, explained how she and her family were attempting to escape from the wrath of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) when a Muslim neighbor outed them as un-believers when they were stopped at a checkpoint.
After being outed by the neighbor, IS rounded up all 36 Yazidis in the group and separated them by gender. IS then separated the females into married and unmarried groups, Khalida said. more >>
Local church officials in South Sudan have confirmed a recently released United Nations report describing the horrors of the country's civil war, including mass rapes, children and the disabled being burned alive, hanged, or cut to pieces.
"The U.N. report is definitely reliable," the church sources, who weren't named, told Fides News Agency.
"We saw members of the inquiry committee do a thorough job on the ground until the end of January, meeting and interviewing local witnesses. The systematic use of mass rape to humiliate the opponent is terribly real and widespread," they added. more >>
Islamic State militants have been raping girls as young as 8 and 9-years-old in packed halls full of victims, details from an anti-extremist report reveals.
The revelations came from a detailed 100-page report by the Quilliam Foundation, based on six months of research into the practices and abuses being carried out by IS.
"One woman described how she was raped in Mosul and that she heard the screams of girls who had been taken from the main hall where she and other women were being kept, to a small adjacent room. She recounted how she saw an IS man point a gun at a young girl who had been resisting," the report states in part. more >>
The Islamic State freed 43 Assyrian Christian hostages in northeastern Syria on Monday, human rights groups have confirmed.
The captives are the last of over 200 Christians to be released after their kidnapping last February from villages near Tal Tamr.
According to Newsweek, the terrorist group freed the captives after receiving ransoms of $100,000 per person. While the ransoms were agreed upon in the IS stronghold of Raqqa, it remains unclear where the hostage exchange took place. more >>