When Daesh swept across the Nineveh Plain they forced Christians to convert, pay tax, leave or die.
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of survival under DaeshThey were threatened, forced to spit on a crucifix or convert to Islam, but a handful of Iraqi Christians miraculously survived more than two years under Daesh (ISIS) rule. Now that Iraqi forces have retaken many of those areas around the city of Mosul, stories are emerging of those who did not get a chance to leave and faced one of the three other options.Ismail Matti was 14 when Daesh militants stormed his hometown of Bartella, east of Mosul.Zarifa Bakoos Daddo stayed in Qaraqosh, once Iraq's largest Christian town, with her sick 90-year-old husband when Daesh vehicles hurtled in.On the Thursday he was dead," said Zarifa, a 77-year-old with gnarled hands and decaying teeth.She lived through more than two years of Daesh occupation of Qaraqosh in a house with her elderly friend Badriya.When Iraqi forces pushed into Qaraqosh late last month, she remained trapped in the house with Badriya and no food.
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