The stories were graphic, brutal and raw. One account told of a couple whose children had been captured by ISIS militants. When they answered their door one day, they found a plastic bag on their doorstep. It contained the body parts of their daughters and a video of them being raped and tortured.
Another recalled a Christian woman from Mosul who answered the door to find ISIS foreign fighters, demanding that she leave or pay a jizya tax.
She asked for a few seconds, her daughter being in the shower, but the fighters refused to give her the time. They put a torch to the house, burning and eventually killing her daughter.
The girl died in her mother’s arms, but her last words were “Forgive them.”
These were the stories that emerged from a conference on Christian persecution that took place in New York City on Thursday.
This article continues at [Catholic News Agency] Stories of ISIS victims are emerging, and they're unbelievably brutal