Although ISIS has lost control in most of Syria, ISIS terrorists are still demolishing small towns.
The terrorist group is specifically targeting Christian villages, leaving many of them almost deserted.
ISIS has declared war on Christians and has made it their mission to wipe them out. Most of those who are able to escape the attacks, flee the towns without returning.
“The number of Christians across the Middle East has been declining for decades as persecution and poverty have led to widespread migration. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, considered Christians infidels and forced them to pay special taxes, accelerating the trend in Syria and Iraq,” writes The New York Times.
“All the houses used to be full,” said Ishaq Nisaan, 79, an oilman living in Tel Tal, Syria. “Now on my street, it’s only me and my neighbor.”
Back in 2011, 10,000 Assyrian Christians lived in 30 villages in Syria. Today, only about 900 remain and only one Christian church regularly hold services. More than 350,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict in 2011.
A few weeks ago, in one of ISIS’ Syria raids in Sweida, 36 women and children were captured. 20 Women and 16 children were kidnapped in the al-Shobki village after it was ambushed by ISIS militants. 221 people were left dead after ISIS attackers detonated suicide bombs while other militants shot and stapped the village residents.
ISIS often kidnaps villagers to collect ransoms.
“When the Islamic State began its rampage across Iraq and Syria, the jihadists killed or enslaved Shiite Muslims and Yazidis, but they sought to make money off the Assyrians, probably assuming that their relatives abroad would pay dearly to have them released,” writes the NYT.
ISIS has demanded ransoms via Whatsapp to many of family members of the 36 women and children who were kidnapped in Sweida.
A week prior to the Sweida raid, 14 girls and women were kidnapped from the Druze city of Suwayda, where ISIS massacred at least 255 civilians.
Abdullah Shrim, a former beekeeper, has made it his mission to rescue the kidnapped. So far, he has rescued over 338 members from the Yazidi religious group that have been kidnapped by ISIS.
It’s an expensive mission too and as ISIS loses control, the more money the group demands.
“The price of getting each woman and girl back went from under $3,000 to about $15,000. U.S. and Iraqi forces refused to get involved in rescuing the captured civilians. Money for the rescue operations has come mostly from private donations from Kurdistan, Europe and the United States,” writes NPR.
Shrim has openly criticised the Eastern society and how it views women as less valuable as men. He respects women and believes the world would be better off with more women leaders.
“Our Eastern society thinks that women can’t do anything … but when I started breeding bees I saw that the whole bee kingdom was ruled by female bees,” said Shrim to NPR. “I wish one day, the world would be ruled by women and not men.”
Author’s note: This proves that the sickness in the radical Islamic culture knows no bounds. We can’t let this religion dominate the world. Women are treated so poorly in these cultures and ISIS takes it to an extreme. Women remain second-class citizens in the Middle East. These ideals certainly don’t mesh well with Western ones, so that is why we have to be careful with mass migration.