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8/16/17 at 04:31 PM 0 Comments

Seven Christians and two pet parrots escape from ISIS-held Raqqa

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Sawsan Karapetyan

By Mark Ellis

Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) rescued seven Christians from ISIS-held Raqqa on August 8th – along with two pet parrots.

The SDF saved the two Armenian Christian families from the city ISIS claimed as the capital of its “caliphate,” according to a report by AFP News Agency.

As some of the few Christians remaining in Raqqa, Sawsan Karapetyan, 45, and her family overcame their fears by faith.

At 3 am on the 8th, she and six other family members fled the city on foot.

They were rescued by Christian fighters involved in the battle to expel ISIS from Raqqa and taken to a nearby city in the back of a truck.

“I didn’t want to leave, but there was so much bombardment around us that we fled,” said Karapetyan, still dressed in the black robes she was forced to wear by ISIS.

They left with almost nothing. But there were three things she could not leave behind: her rosary, and her pet parrots, “Lover” and “Beloved”.

“It would have been a shame to leave these birds in Raqqa. I left everything except them,” she told AFP.

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