90 Miles From Tyranny : Retired Christian Woman Tortured, Raped, and Stoned to Death by Islamic Extremists in Syria

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Retired Christian Woman Tortured, Raped, and Stoned to Death by Islamic Extremists in Syria



An Armenian Christian woman living in Syria was tortured and repeatedly raped by jihadists before being stoned to death outside of her village.

International Christian Concern (ICC) reports the body of Suzan Der Kirkour, 60, was found outside the village of al-Yaqoubiyeh in the Syrian Governorate of Idlib.

Der Kirkour was a gardener and an Arabic teacher, according to the ICC. Although she had retired, she would often volunteer at the Kneye Village Church where she helped young people with their studies.

Members of the church found her body.

The incident was confirmed by SOS Chrétien's d'Orient, (SOS Eastern Christians). (LINK) In a statement, the group wrote: "cruel was her ordeal."

"The autopsy reveals that Suzan had been subjected to repeated rape since the afternoon of Monday (the 8th) until early Tuesday morning, only hours before her discovery. As a martyr, she is joined in heaven by thousands of Christian brothers, who died in the arena of barbarism," the statement continued.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also verified the incident.

"Her body was found with marks of torture on it. And according to forensic medicine, the woman had been tortured for about 9 hours before she was stoned to death by unidentified persons," the report read.

"Suzan was a pillar in her community. Her untimely death and the manner of her murder is horrifying," said Claire Evans, ICC's Regional Manager for the Middle East in a press release. "It further deepens the shadow which has fallen upon any Christians who have remained in...

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