Assyrian Christians targeted by Islamic State because of their faith Print

Vienna, 11.06.2015 (FOREF) – The Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe (FOREF) today published the names of 207 Assyrian Christians still in captivity after their abduction by Islamic State terrorists in February, and expressed deep concern for the safety of the hostages.


“The Islamic State has demanded an unreasonable ransom, providing an excuse not to negotiate further,” according to Dr. Aaron Rhodes, president of FOREF. “As a result, the victims, who have been targeted because of their faith, are left in a state of limbo and in danger of being slaughtered.”

Over 233 Assyrians were seized on 23 February 2015, from the villages of Tal-Hormez, Tal Gwran, Qaber-Shameh, Tal-Fieda, Tal-Shameran, and Tal-Jazera in Al-Hasaka Province. Following intervention by Arab tribesmen from south of the Alkhabour River in Al-Hasaka Province, the IS demanded about $100,000 for each kidnapped Christian, or about $23,000,000 total.

Of the 207 Assyrians in captivity, 83 are men, 87 are women and 37 are children. They are held in the community of Al-Shadade, Al-Hakasa Province. The IS has set several of the hostages free. The Assyrian Christian community has suffered massive displacement as a result of the IS terror. Thirty-four (34) villages, where Assyrians have lived since Biblical times, have been evacuated, and reports from local residents suggest some of their inhabitants have been killed. According to information received by FOREF, over 1380 families have been displaced.

FOREF obtained the names of the hostages from local sources with the assistance of the Ashour Foundation for Relief and Development, which provides humanitarian assistance to victims of violence and displacement in Syria.

See list of names of the Assyrian Abductees in the Province Al-Hasaka, Syria (2015) here.

For more information:

Aaron Rhodes, FOREF president, +49-170-323-8314 (English)
Damas Isho, Ashour Foundation for Relief and Development, +49-152-226-97457 (German, Arabic)

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 16:21