IRAQ: Abducted Girl Reunited with Her Parents

After almost three years in captivity, an Iraqi Christian girl abducted by the Islamic State in August 2014 has finally been reunited with her parents.

Christina Abada, who is about to celebrate her sixth birthday, was welcomed home last week. Locals say she was released by the Iraqi Special Forces.

“It is a very happy moment; everybody is dancing and clapping and singing,” one Christian woman told a World Watch Monitor contact from the Ashti refugee camp, near Erbil, where her parents have lived for the past two years.

“She looks OK, quite healthy. I believe she must have been in the house of a family who took good care of her. She was even wearing gold earrings, so it must have been a wealthy family,” she added.

But there was one note of caution. “Although everybody was very happy, it was also sad to see that Christina herself is in shock about all the people around her,” the woman said. “Everybody is asking questions and speaking to her, but she does not say anything back, really. She also seems to be overwhelmed by the huge crowd of people welcoming her.”

Christina was abducted in August 2014, when IS overran Iraq’s second city, Mosul, and then swept into the Christian city of Qaraqosh in the Nineveh Plains, where the Abada family lived. Prior to IS’s occupation, it was the largest Christian city in Iraq.

Hundreds of thousands of Christians and other minorities had already fled the northern region. Christina’s family, however, stayed behind because the father, Khader, is blind. Other Christians too old or frail to flee also stayed, hoping for a measure of mercy from the invaders – a hope which was misplaced.

On 22 August, militants rounded up the Christians, saying they would receive medical check-ups. Several times, Ayda said, IS fighters pointed at her, with Christina in her lap.

Someone gave an order to take out any gold or valuables. The IS militants took it all. As the Christians were bundled into a bus a jihadist walked up to Ayda. He took her little girl from her arms and just walked away.

Ayda pleaded for her daughter, but the man waved Ayda away. At gunpoint, she was forced back onto the bus.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Rejoice with Christina’s family and community as they celebrate this marvelous answer to prayer.
  • Pray for wisdom for Christina’s parents as they help this little girl overcome past fears and help her adjust to family life.
  • Pray for the nation of Iraq, may the Lord bless the people with an outpouring of His Spirit. Commit to the Lord those who are bringing the light of the Gospel to the people.
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4 Responses to IRAQ: Abducted Girl Reunited with Her Parents

  1. Etu Azavu 19 June 2017 at 5:40 pm #

    Children are a heritage from the Lord. God surely has a plan for Christina and this is clearly demonstrated in the safe release of her to the parents. God is still in full control of the plight of His children, particularly those saints who could not leave Qaraqosh due to their circumstances, including Christina’s parents. In His own unique ways, God will still bring joy to their hearts to strengthen their faith. Christian’s release is evidence of the power of prayer, and I pray with them for Christina’s healing of whatever traumas she may be going through right now. I also pray for wisdom and strength for Christina’s parents, especially for her mum, who probably is the main breadwinner for the family, as they deal with a very young child’s ordeals.

    • Voice of the Martyrs 20 June 2017 at 9:28 am #

      Amen Etu. Thank you for your prayers. God bless.

  2. Sophie 25 June 2017 at 10:30 am #

    My son Emerik (now 6 yrs old) and I prayed EVERY SINGLE NIGHT since she was caotured for Christina to be reunited with her mother! He made my mother call all of our friends to tell them the great news! Praise God! Praise you Jesus! Thank you for answered prayer!

    • Voice of the Martyrs 28 June 2017 at 11:15 am #

      This is a true answer to prayer. Praise be to God. Thanks to you and Emerik for your dedication in praying for Christina every single night. God bless you both.

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