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Horrors continue in the areas controled by the Islamic State. According to Christianity Daily:
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has captured 20 Egyptian Christian men and a 14-year-old Christian girl, and the lives of the men are in great danger while the young girl might have already been forced to convert into Islam and marry a Jihadist militant.
According to Christian Freedom International (CFI), ISIS just posted the kidnapped men’s pictures on their website. CFI refused to share the website but they confirmed that the men are currently suffering from torture and abuse.
“The Egyptian Christians were employed as low paying migrant workers in nearby Libya. It is almost impossible for minority Christians to find work in Egypt, as they are highly persecuted and marginalized; as a result Christians take great risks to find employment anywhere they can,” CFI said.
CFI reported that Egyptian Christians working in Libya are “extremely vulnerable” since there is an increase in Muslim extremism in the area. The 20 men are held together in shackles in an undisclosed location but the young Christian girl’s location is unknown.
A CFI source sadly believes that ISIS will eventually execute the Christian Egyptians unless there is “divine intervention” since posting the pictures of the men on their website is seen as the radical group’s last step before a mass execution.
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