Marijam* was visiting her brother Jakub in a small village in northern Iraq when terrorists stormed into his house. “They made his children watch,” she says, as she describes the brutal beating he received … simply because his family is Christian.
Fearing that the terrorists would attack his wife and children next, Jakub resisted, hoping against hope that he would be able to protect his family.
But the terrorists only got angrier, until at last, they threatened, “We will crucify you!”
From six in the evening until eleven o’clock at night, the terrorists kicked Jakub and spat on him. They tore off his clothes. He was beaten with sticks that had a nail driven through one end.
In a cruel re-creation of Christ’s suffering, the terrorists nailed Jakub’s hands to a wooden beam and erected a makeshift cross. And then, with his family still forced to watch the horrifying scene, they shot him in the mouth, finally killing him.
It was only by God’s grace that Jakub’s wife and children escaped to a secret location where ISIS can’t touch them.
But that is not enough. For this family — and for tens of thousands of families in Iraq and other countries where Christians are being brutally persecuted — justice is needed.
Will you help make sure that justice is done?