About three years after being abducted by the Islamic State terror group, a 5-year-old Iraqi Christian girl has returned to her parents, who will soon celebrate her sixth birthday, according to a report.
The girl, Christina Abada, was reportedly rescued by the Iraqi Special Forces and was reunited with her parents on Friday morning, according to World Watch Monitor.
Christina’s parents have been living at the Ashti refugee camp, near Erbil, for the last two years.
“It is a very happy moment; everybody is dancing and clapping and singing,” a local woman was quoted as saying. “She looks OK, quite healthy. I believe she must have been in the house of a family who took good care of her. She was even wearing gold earrings, so it must have been a wealthy family.”
The girl, who was abducted in August 2014 after Islamic State captured Mosul and then Qaraqosh, appeared to be in shock after finding herself in new surroundings and people.
Her parents are from the Christian city of Qaraqosh in the Nineveh Plains. They initially decided not to flee along with other Christians, as the father is blind. However, one day, all the residents who remained in the area were rounded up in a bus for “medical check-ups.” A jihadist came and took away Christina from her mother’s lap while all the others were asked to take out and hand over all valuables to the jihadists.
All that Christina’s parents wanted for the last three years was to get their daughter back and she was always on their minds. Christina also featured in a play Qaraqosh residents wrote and performed in Erbil as a cathartic approach to their trauma.
While Christina has returned home safely, thousands of other Yazidi, Christian and other minority girls and women have been subjected to horrific treatment by men from Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh.
SOURCE: The Christian Post – Anugrah Kumar