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A Young Iraqi Christian on ISIS: “Yes, I Forgive Them, as Jesus Said”

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 12/17/15

Just in time for Christmas, and the beginning of the Year of Mercy, comes this incredibly moving testimony, from an unexpected source, ABC News’ 20/20.

You just don’t hear this sort of thing on network television very much:

A young Iraqi Christian girl, whose family has been living in a refugee camp after fleeing ISIS threats, says she forgives the terrorist group and shared her hope for the future. “Yes I forgive them,” Myriam told ABC News “20/20” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas, adding that “as Jesus said ‘forgive each other, love each other the way I love you,’ that is what we need to learn. Forgiveness.” Just 10 years old, Myriam is among the thousands of Iraqi Christians who have fled their homes because of ISIS terror threats. She has been living with her family in a refugee camp after they lost their home in Qarakosh, Iraq. “My hopes for life are for there to be no wars,” she told “20/20.” “With no wars there will be love.”

Read more and watch the videohere. 

And check out this poignant slideshow, depicting the most treasured possessions of Iraqi Christian refugees.

Photo: ABC News

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