An elderly Iraqi woman fleeing Islamic State violence pictured at a refugee camp (CNS)
A group of 11 sick, disabled and elderly Iraqi Christians including an 80-year-old woman with breast cancer defied terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam or be beheaded, saying they preferred death to giving up their faith.
The united resistance prompted the Islamic State extremists (formerly ISIS) to drop their demands and order the Christians to immediately leave their village of Karamless after first robbing them of their possessions, according to one of the survivors.
Sahar Mansour, a refugee from Mosul, told Catholic News Service in an email that the group turned up at Ankawa refugee camp, where she is living, after they were released by the Islamist fighters. They had remained behind in Karamless because they were too weak to flee when the town was overrun by Islamic State militants the night of August…
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