The Australian – 28/12/13
“THEY held me captive for five days, without food nor water, constantly beating me. One day I heard them coming down the basement where I was held. “Suddenly, I felt a cold blade under my neck and someone told me, ‘If you become a Muslim, we will not kill you.’ “
Sitting on an armchair in the living room of his new house in Erbil, the capital of the Iraqi Kurdistan region, 63-year-old Rostom Sefarian suddenly stops his account, clearly struggling to hold back the tears filling his eyes. After gulping heavily for a few moments, he composes himself and continues, holding the cross he kept throughout his captivity.
“Once, they took it and put it inside a bottle full of pee while I was watching. ‘Let this cross help you now,’ they said, laughing.”
Read the rest here:http://theorthodoxchurch.info/blog/news/2013/12/a-persecuted-people-face-life-in-exile/