By Mark Ellis
A 16 year-old Assyrian Christian girl, Juliana George, was kidnapped from her home in Baghdad seven days ago, according to the Assyrian International News Agency (AINA).
The abductors knocked on the door of her house and when she answered she was kidnapped by four men and placed into a taxi that sped away. Her grandfather Joseph, who is a priest, chased the taxi on foot and grabbed on to the door, but as the taxi sped away he could not hold on and fell to the side, according to AINA.
A man riding a bicycle witnessed the abduction and followed the taxi. He recorded the license plate of the vehicle and returned and gave it to Fr. Joseph.
The police located the taxi and its owner, who was arrested, but the man has refused to provide any information to the authorities.
In a phone conversation with AINA, Juliana’s father said she placed one call to him in the last seven days, but he had not heard from her or the kidnappers again.
“I used to tuck her into bed and cover her every night,” he said, weeping. “Who is doing that now, who is feeding her? It has been seven days now and no one seems to care, no one is doing anything.”
There is no information on the whereabouts of Juliana and the kidnappers, according to AINA.