By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
MOSUL, IRAQ (ANS) -- An Assyrian Christian woman and her elderly mother who fled from Mosul on July 19, ahead of the ISIS deadline for Assyrian Christians to convert or die, returned to her home last Saturday. She had fled for safety to Dohuk but decided to return because of the “unbearable conditions” in the refugee camps.
Islamic State members parading
According to a story from the Assyrian International News Agency (www.aina.org), she returned with her mother to Mosul on Saturday, August 16, to her home in Mosul. She had left some of her belongings with her Muslim neighbor, but discovered that family had fled to Kirkuk after finding it impossible to live under IS rule.
“She remained in her home, leaving only to shop, and always fully veiled,” said the story.
At 6 P.M. on Wednesday night, three Islamic State (IS) members broke into her house and asked her and her mother to convert to Islam or be killed. She appealed to her other Muslim neighbors, who had come to the house after IS entered, but they stood idly by and did nothing.
“The IS members brought her to the mosque located in the New Mosul neighborhood in order for ISIS governor (wali) to determine her fate,” said the AINA story. “The governor told her to convert to Islam but she refused, so he ordered her to leave the city, saying there is no place for infidels in the state of Nineveh and told her to tell the Christians that there is no return for them to the city of Mosul.
“She begged him to allow her to stay until dawn since it was almost midnight. He agreed but said she could not go back to her home since it was now owned by the Islamic State,” added the story. “She was forced to sleep at a neighbor's house until dawn on Thursday, when she left Mosul and returned to Dohuk with her mother.”
The story concluded, “She now has no desire or hope of ever returning to her home in Mosul.”
Reporting by Younis Thanon for ankawa.com.