A humanitarian aid group that started in Kansas City is on the ground in Iraq helping thousands of people as they flee the terror group ISIS. Sean Malone with Crisis Response International just returned from Iraq. Malone says up to 200,000 Christians and others have fled from Mosul, which is under ISIS control to the town of Irbil, where his group is set up.
“These people are being traumatized day in and day out, living for fear of their lives that they would be beheaded or crucified,” Malone says. “They’re also afraid they’ll be apart of some mass killing from ISIS.”
According to Malone, the Kurdish soldiers are fighting ISIS bravely, but ISIS has stolen valuable equipment that was provided to Iraqi forces by the United States. Malone notes that Kurdish fighters are asking his group for assistance and better equipment.
“We don’t have night vision. They took your equipment that you supplied Iraq with,” Malone notes, from conversations he had with Kurdish fighters. “ISIS now has night vision and now at night time, they can attack us and we can’t hold these lines without better equipment”
“That just broke my heart.”
Malone says hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes because ISIS has threatened them with death if they don’t covert to Islam or pay a $10,000 dollar fine for being Christian. Malone returned from Iraq five days ago, but several other teams from his group are still working in Iraq.
KLIN’s Kevin Thomas contributed to this report. Malone appeared on Thomas’ afternoon program “Drive Time Lincoln with Kevin Thomas” on KLIN Radio in Lincoln.