Assyrian Christians fleeing ISIS from Syria who've made it to Beirut, Lebanon, have said that their children were forced to watch beheadings and other atrocities carried out by the Islamic militants. Over 220 Assyrians remain in captivity, with ISIS demanding millions in ransoms, but there's no one who has the ability to pay.
"Our children saw many beheadings," said Jack Zayya, an Assyrian Christian refugee, according to World Crunch. "We were obligated to watch public executions. What kind of world is that for kids to grow up in? They were always scared."
Zayya said that ISIS has destroyed his livelihood back at his hometown of Al-Hasakah in Syria, and has told Christians they must pay taxes to the jihadists or be killed. more >>
An annual conference focused on gathering Christians together to advance justice for the less fortunate is scheduled to take place in Chicago next month.
Known as the Justice Conference and sponsored by World Relief, the event will be held June 5-6 at the Auditorium Theatre and will feature notable speakers discussing issues pertaining to human rights and Christian ethics.
Those expected to attend and give remarks include Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church of Atlanta, Georgia; Cornel West, social activist, author, and professor; Stephan Bauman, president and CEO of World Relief; and the Rev. Gabriel Salguero, president of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition. more >>
Two high schools in North Dakota have reversed course and will now allow for pro-life student groups to form at their facilities.
Fargo North High School and Davies High School, both of the Fargo Public School District No. 1, will now formally recognize two Students for Life Club chapters.
In a statement posted Wednesday on the Students for Life's website, Fargo North sophomore Brigid O'Keefe, a student who had attempted to set up an SFL chapter, said she was grateful for the school's decision. more >>
Eighty-one-year-old cancer patient Clarence Blackmon was so hungry and helpless that he called 911 for assistance, and thanks to the generosity of one 911 operator and local police, his cupboards are now overflowing and he's asked that people stop donating to him and instead donate to the Salvation Army.
When Blackmon returned home to Fayetteville, North Carolina, after spending months in the hospital battling cancer, he saw that he had no food and realized he needed help, so he called 911; the operator, Marilyn Hinson, heard his cry for help and took action.
An eighth body was discovered among the Amtrak train wreck on Thursday, nearly 36 hours after the train derailed and rolled onto its side outside of Philadelphia. Tempers meanwhile flared at the House of Representatives, where Republicans blocked an attempt from Democrats to boost Amtrak's budget by more than $1 billion just hours after the crash.
CBS News reported that all 243 passengers and crew members who were believed to have been on board the train have now been accounted for.
The body of an eighth person, who is yet to be identified, was reportedly found by a cadaver dog searching through the wreck, revealed Fire Commissioner Derrick Sawyer. more >>
As conditions in the Middle East and Africa are causing thousands of people to seek ways to migrate into Europe, terrorist organizations like the Islamic State are profiting handsomely off of people that are trying to flee from the chaos these groups have helped cause, a recent report has found.
According to a report released Tuesday by The Global Initiative, terrorist groups including ISIS are benefiting from the lucrative human trafficking trade that illegally smuggles boatloads of people from the Libyan coast across the Mediterranean Sea into Europe.
The report estimates that the human trafficking trade generates between $255 million and $323 million each year. more >>