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Displaced Iraqi Christian Girl Who Fled Home to Escape Death at the Hands of ISIS Asks God to 'Forgive' Islamic Terrorists

Displaced Iraqi Christian Girl Who Fled Home to Escape Death at the Hands of ISIS Asks God to 'Forgive' Islamic Terrorists

A displaced Iraqi Christian girl who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, draws a picture of Santa Claus at a mall still under construction, used as a refugee camp in Arbil, December 24, 2014. | (Photo: Reuters/Azad Lashkari)
A displaced Iraqi Christian girl who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, eats an ice-cream at a mall still under construction, which is now used as a refugee camp in Erbil, September 6, 2014. | (Photo: Reuters/Ahmed Jadallah)
Refugees in Kurdistan. | (Photo: Open Doors)
Iraqi Christians, who fled the violence in the village of Qaraqosh, seek refuge inside a church building in Arbil, north of Baghdad, August 11, 2014. Iraqi Christian families sought sanctuary in the church after fleeing towns and villages to escape the advance of Islamic State militants. | (Photo: Reuters/Youssef Boudlal)
An Iraqi Christian family fleeing the violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul, arrives at the town of Qaraqush in the province of Nineveh, July 19, 2014. The ancient Christian community of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul had all but fled by Saturday, ending a presence stretching back nearly two millennia after radical Islamists set them a midday deadline to submit to Islamic rule or leave. The ultimatum by the Islamic State drove out the few hundred Christians who had stayed on when the group's hardline Sunni Muslim fighters overran Mosul a month ago, threatening Christians and the diverse city's other religious communities. | (Photo: Reuters/Stringer)

Even though her village was seized by the Islamic State and she's now living a rough life in an unfinished mall in Kurdish-protected Northern Iraq, a displaced Christian refugee child is asking God to "forgive" the ISIS militants.

After ISIS seized most of the Mosul region of Iraq last June, over 400 mostly Christian displaced Iraqi families from the villages of Qaraqosh, Bartella and Kharamles descended upon the Kurdish capital of Erbil to live in a half-built mall in the in the Christian neighborhood of Ainkawa.

As the families had picked up and fled their villages in a hurry before the ISIS militants reached their towns, the families could only afford to bring bare necessities and are now living in the mall without much more than the mattresses, blankets and other handouts they receive from humanitarian organizations.

A correspondent with the Arabic Christian television network SAT-7's "Kids" program interviewed children living in the Ainkawa Mall's refugee camp and asked them what they missed the most about their lives back home.

In talking with the reporter and camera crew, a little girl named Myriam, from Qaraqosh, assured that although her life has changed drastically in the last year and her family's future remains uncertain, God continues to provide for her and her family.

"We used to have a house and were entertained, where as here we are not," Myriam said. "But thank God. God provides for us."

The reporter was a bit perplexed by Myriam's comment and asked what she meant by "God provides for us."

"God loves us and wouldn't let ISIS kill us," she explained.

Displaced Iraqi Christian children who fled from Islamic State militants in Mosul, gather around a Christmas tree at a mall still under construction, used as a refugee camp in Erbil, December 24, 2014. | (Photo: ReutersR/Azad Lashkari)

The reporter followed up by asking Myriam what she would do if she ever had the opportunity to retaliate for ISIS' onslaught of her hometown.

"I won't do anything to them," Myriam asserted. "I will only ask God to forgive them."

After the interview, the reporter thanked Myriam for her time. Then, Miriam replied, thanking him for his sympathy.

"You felt for me," she said. "I had some feelings and I wanted people to know how I feel."

Two other girls from Qaraqosh were also interviewed. They were asked what they missed the most about their lives before ISIS took over the region.

"Our school and our church," Flourine responded.

Maryouma added that, although they miss their church, "Jesus will be with us no matter where we go."

The reporter subsequently asked, "Is Jesus with you in this camp?"

"Yes," Fluorine asserted. "In our hearts."

The video concludes by showing the refugee children outside the entrance of the mall singing: "My love for my glorious Savior will increase with each new day. A new life, a happy day, the day I reunite with the Lord."

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