In a video interview with CNN’s Jonathan Mann, Chaldean-American leader Mark Arabo has described the current situation for none Muslim civilians in the Islamic State as a “Christian genocide.”
During the video, Arabo described how thousands of Christians in Iraq are fleeing to neighboring countries as violence is continued to be spread by ISIS. Specifically, Arabo told Mann, “children are being beheaded, mothers are being raped and killed, and fathers are being hung.”
“There’s actually a park in Mosul where they actually beheaded children and put their heads on a stick,” Arabo said. “They are doing the most horrendous, the most heart-breaking crimes that you can think of.”
Graphic images of the violence can be found here at Catholic Online.
Opposing Views is also reporting a surge of systemic violence towards non-Sunni Muslims in the Islamic State saying Christians, Kurds, and other Muslim denominations are facing similar levels of violence. This violence has killed at least 5,500 civilians, wounded close to 12,000, and driven some 1.2 million from their homes since January according to a July report from the Guardian.
ISIS has also been behind numerous bombings of religious sites throughout the Islamic State, such as Christian churches and Shiite mosques.
Currently, France is leading the effort to grant asylum to those trying to escape the violence of ISIS, reports the Gospel Herald.
“This is genocide in every sense,” said Arabo. “The world hasn’t seen an evil like this for generations.”