Article text from the Vatican’s Pontifical Missions news service, Fides
Mosul (Agenzia Fides) - The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, His Excellency Amel Shamon Nona, confirmed to Fides Agency the destruction of a statue of the Virgin Mary by the Sunni insurgents who have taken control of the city, but adds that for the moment there is no evidence to rumors of an "Islamic tax" that was imposed on Christians in Mosul by the Islamists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. "A statue of the Virgin Mary" refers to Fides Archbishop Nona "was destroyed by Islamist militants who had pulled it down from a tower of the Chaldean church of the Immaculate Conception.
The shrine is a place of worship attended by the faithful", adds Mgr. Nona "and during the removal and destruction of the statue of Mary, the interior of the church was not infringed. The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul does not confirm rumors about an alleged "personal tax" imposed on Christians in Mosul by Islamist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Different sources insist that the Christians who have remained in the city are very few, mostly elderly. "So far", says Mgr. Nona, who has also moved to the village of Tilkif, "only certain public Christian employees have been told not to return to their place of work, making explicit reference to their status as members of a minority. Of course, the situation is getting worse, and we are all worried.
But I also see that the condition of Christians sometimes becomes the object of propaganda. It is a dangerous exploitation even for Christians themselves".
On Sunday June 22 in a television interview, the Iraqi Minister for Human Rights Mohammed Shia al Sudani accused Sunni militiamen of ISIL of having committed atrocities among the people of Nineveh Plain, burning churches, imposing taxes on Christian communities and raping Christian women, five of whom, according to the minister, have committed suicide after being subjected to violence. (GV) (Agenzia Fides 23/06/2014) Original article here.
Alalam News agency Tehran report on Friday, June 13, 2014
The number of people killed after extremist militants overran Mosul earlier this week may run into the hundreds, U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville said Friday, highlighting disturbing reports including the suicide of four women after being raped by ISLI militants. Read full article here
From the media outlet International Business Insider. June 23, 2014
"ISIS fighters now have the religious right to rape woman as a Saudi-based cleric has issued a fatwa - a religious order that allows the militants to rape women in captive towns." Read full article here
The Council of Christian Church Leaders in Iraq issued a statement in which they adopted the appeal of His
Beatitude Mar Louis I Sako for prayer and fasting. The statement called all Christians to pray in all churches Sunday, June 29, 2014 for the unity, integrity and security of Iraq and the perseveration of the lives and blood of Iraq’s righteous people.