The Islamic State is reported to have cut a 5-year-old boy in half simply for being Christian when they attacked Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city.
According to the Christian Post, the boy was the son of a founding member of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad and was slaughtered after Kurdish troops abandoned the village.
Anglican Canon Andrew White of St. George's Church told the Anglican Communion News Service,
I'm almost in tears because I've just had somebody in my room whose little child was cut in half. I baptized his child in my church in Baghdad. This little boy, they named him after me — he was called Andrew.
The boy's parents and brother have reportedly fled alongside thousands of other Christians to the city of Arbil, where they are shielded by US airstrikes protecting the American consulate.
The lack of space, however, has resulted in many living on sidewalks, gardens and cramped abandoned buildings.
White said that financial contributions from overseas have allowed the Anglican church in Iraq to provide food and water to Christians who have fled Mosul and Niveneh upon invasions from the Islamic State.
The militant group demands that Christians either convert to Islam, pay a fine or die.
The homes of Christian families in Mosul are said to have had the Arabic letter "N" painted on their doors to stand for "Nazarene."
Reports have also surfaced of at least 500 Christian women being abducted from Mosul and sold into sex slavery.
The rescue of Iraq's Christians will have to come after that of the country's Yazidis, as over 100 US marines and special forces just landed in Iraq to organize an escape route for these 30,000 civilians stranded on top of a mountain.
President Obama has said that the involvement of US ground troops will be limited to this evacuation and not include any actual combat with the Islamic State.
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