Two nuns are among five Assyrians believed to have been kidnapped while visiting a girls' orphanage in northern Iraq in an area now controlled by the Islamic State, The Tablet reports.
Sisters Miskintah and Utoor Joseph, part of the Chaldean Daughters of Mary Order that ran an all-girl orphanage in Mosul, had returned to inspect it after the area fell to the ISIS terrorist group two weeks ago. They have not been heard from since.
The sisters, along with three other Assyrians they were travelling with, Hala Salim, Sarah Khoshaba and Aram Sabah, are believed to have been kidnapped by ISIS.
Last week the Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul appealed to international politicians and organisations to 'save us!'
He asked them 'to intervene immediately to put a stop to the deterioration of the situation, working not only at a humanitarian level, but also politically and diplomatically.'
Archbishop Yohanna Petros Moshe of Mosul was speaking as Qaraqosh, the Christian majority town in northern Iraq, 25 miles from Mosul, that became 'almost a ghost town' after 10,000 people fled when it was attacked with mortar shells on 27 June.