Myriam (left) and her sister
Myriam, a Christian refugee from Iraq, told Christian visitors what happened to her and her family after they were driven from their homes by ISIS. You can read her story and watch a video about her here.
Myriam’s father is a veterinarian. She has a 10-year-old sister, Zomorod. After the girls and their parents fled Qaraqoush, their hometown, they lived in a mall with other refugees. Then the family moved into a small mobile home. The home had two bedrooms, a tiny kitchen, and a bathroom. One bedroom was also used as a living room.
A Christian Broadcasting Network reporter interviewed Myriam and provided The Voice of the Martyrs with his questions and Myriam’s answers. You can read them below. (Edited from the original for length and clarity.)
Question: Why do you forgive ISIS?
Myriam’s answer: In the Bible Jesus said to us, ‘Don’t be afraid, I am with you.’ And also, he said forgive others no matter who they are. You have to forgive them.
Q: I can tell you love Jesus very much. Why do you love Jesus so much?
A: Jesus is my Father, and He is my creator. I have no one else better than Him. When ISIS drove us out of our home, His hand was on us and He saved us.
Q: And what is your hope for the future?
A: I want to go back home, rejoin my school and friends.
Q: And when you pray, what do you pray for?
A: When I pray, I pray that God might help us to go back home. And also that the peace of God might come all over Iraq and also, may God forgive ISIS.
Q: When you read the Bible, do you have a favorite Bible story or scripture verse you’d like to tell us about?
A: The story of the resurrection of Christ Jesus the Lord because through that story, we can have hope.
Q: And there are many boys and girls in America who maybe their faith in Jesus isn’t as strong. What would you like to say to them?
A: I’d like to encourage the children in the United States to love God and share their faith with their friends everywhere. They don’t need to be frightened. When things happen in their lives, they should learn from us and our lives. This is not … to get glory for ourselves…. It is for the sake of God because God lives and we want to do everything for the glory of God and also for exalting God in our lives.