A 12-year-old Christian girl was burnt to death in her home by ISIS fighters, and her last words were shocking.
With her dying breath, she begged her family to forgive the killers.
Jihadi fighters had set fire to the family home in Mosul, northern Iraq, after they failed to pay a religious tax on time.
The tax, known as the Jaziya, is imposed on all non-Muslims in ISIS controlled territories and is calculated according to their estimated net worth.
The girl’s mother described how “foreign” Isis fighters had arrived at her door and said she had two choices, either “you are to leave now or you are to pay the Jaziya”, Independent UK reports.
Human rights advocate, Jacqueline Issac, said the mother told them she would pay, but asked for a “few seconds” as her daughter was in the shower.
The jihadis reportedly refused to wait and lit the house with a torch immediately.
Both the mother and her daughter managed to escape the burning house, but the child died from her fourth degree burns a few hours later.
Ms Isaac was quoted as saying:
“The daughter had fourth degree burns and the mother took her daughter, scrambling, doing anything to save her.
“She rushed her to the hospital and her daughter died in her arms.
“The last thing her daughter said was: ‘Forgive them’.”
Last week, a leading cleric in Baghdad, Father Martin Hermis Dawood, said the country’s ancient Christian population could disappear within five years because of the ISIS threat.