ISIS frees Syrian Christians held since 2015 for ransom [AP]


ISIS frees Syrian Christians held since 2015 for ransom

The Associated Press, Beirut Monday, 22 February 2016

ISIS on Monday released the last of some 230 Assyrian Christians kidnapped a year ago in Syria after the receiving millions of dollars in ransom, Christian officials said.

That brief excerpt tells us the gist of the story. More:

Kidnapping for ransom is a main source of income for the extremists. In November, ISIS said it killed a Norwegian and a Chinese captive after demanding ransom for their release two months earlier.

Talia said ISIS demanded a ransom of $18 million for the Assyrian Christians. He said the figure was later lowered following negotiations. He said he did not know the final amount.

Osama Edward, director of the Stockholm-based Assyrian Human Rights Network, said 42 Christians, mostly young women and children, were released. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said 42 were released, including at least 17 women.

A Syrian Christian figure said the worldwide Assyrian community launched a campaign for the captives’ release shortly after they were abducted. He said a bank account was opened in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil and donations began to flow in from around the world.

“We paid large amounts of money, millions of dollars, but not $18 million,” said the man, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the sensitive mediation. “We paid less than half the amount.”

I read a Christian organization say how much it costs to move a refugee and family out of there. For millions, many, many can be moved out. So, thank God and praise God they are free but at a big ransom.

Thanks be to God for their freedom. I totally agree about moving people out. Price is only part of the problem. So many people are anti-immigrant and anti-refugee, and just afraid. It’s hard for those who truly need it to find welcome.

Unfortunately, in the case of Syrian Christians, the “people” mentioned above may be from the UN or the US executive branch itself. There have been obstacles and barriers put up per Christian vs. Muslim Refugees.

US Accepts Only 5 Syrian Christian Refugees Since October

I am glad they are free but I am mad that ISIS gained financially from releasing them.

This is very true. I’m sorry I didn’t bring that out.

That is the very first thing that came to my mind after reading this.

Im not sure where I stand on paying ransoms to ISIL but I do feel and pray for the victims and families of the victims of ISIL.

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