I’m not sure who the original editor of this particular picture is - I got this from a shared post of a friend on Facebook. In most cases I’d hesitate to post a picture I don’t know where to give credit to, but I think in this case it can be excused, given the severity of the issue at hand.
If you don’t already know, this is the Arabic letter Nun, equivalent to our letter “N.” It’s the first letter of the word “Nasara” or Nazarenes, which refers to Christians as followers of Jesus of Nazareth. ISIS is marking this symbol on buildings owned by Iraqi Christians in Mosul - it is essentially a death sentence. The radical terrorists are forcing people from their homes and systematically murdering anyone who refuses to convert to Islam. According to a recent CNN report, they are even beheading children.
Ignace Joseph III Younan, the Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch apparently said in an interview with Vatican Radio that there are no longer any Christians left in Mosul because of the threat to their lives. Many refugees have fled to Kurdistan, but according to Younan, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan has said it can no longer grant asylum since it appears that the area is already overpopulated with not only Christian refugees but several refugees from other targeted minority groups.
These people need our support.
I don’t care if you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, or what have you - people are being turned out on the streets and brutally tortured and killed. Their places of worship and sacred texts are being mercilessly destroyed. I know just spreading around a picture won’t do much in the grand scheme of things, but we can start somewhere. If you care at all for these victims, if you have any ounce of compassion in you for the members of the human family suffering right now, please reblog this “Nun” symbol to show support and spread the word to those who may still be ignorant of its meaning. If enough people are aware of what’s going on, then there is a greater chance of us pulling together to take real action.