Islamic militants have subjected an elderly Christian lady to a prolonged rape before stoning her to death.
International Christian Concern reported that 60-year-old Suzan Der Kirkour, who was a gardener and Arabic teacher, was discovered dead outside her village of Al-Yaqoubiyeh July 9 after being subjected to a sickeningly cruel ordeal of sexual violence.
The sordid details of the attack were confirmed by humanitarian organization SOS Chrétien’s d’Orient, who obtained an autopsy report conducted after the attack. Kirkour “died under the repeated assaults of the jihadists of al-Nusra,” the charity noted.
The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also confirmed the incident. “The body of a citizen woman in her fifties was found on Tuesday the 9th of July 2019, and it was revealed later that she is a Christian woman,” the group noted in its report.
“The woman is from Ya’qubiyah village north of Jisr Al-Shughur in the western countryside of Idlib, where her body was found with marks of torture on it, and according to the forensic medicine; the woman had been tortured for about 9 hours before she was stoned till death by unidentified persons.”
Jabhat al-Nusra group is a terrorist organization that was formerly affiliated with al Qaeda.
In a statement, ICC’s Regional Manager for the Middle East, Claire Evans, said that Suzan “was a pillar in her community.”
“Her untimely death and the manner of her murder is horrifying,” Evans added. “It further deepens the shadow which has fallen upon any Christians who have remained in Syria throughout nearly a decade of violent conflict.”
Urging peace and reform, Evans implored that the “rule of law, justice, and accountability must be restored in Syria.”
If things don’t change, she said, the Christian faith is under serious threat and we will be “witness to the slow, but fierce, extermination of Christianity from a country where it has existed for over 2,000 years.”
Following her retirement, Suzan was working as a volunteer at the Kneye Village Church "where she helped youth achieve their baccalaureate,” according to The Jerusalem Post.
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