Juliana George, a 16-year-old Christian girl living in Baghdad, was recently released by her kidnappers after a $55,000 ransom was paid.
She was abducted from her home earlier this month. According to her family, a person knocked on the door of their home and when she answered she was sized by four men who forced her into a waiting taxi and sped away.
Her grandfather, Joseph, a priest, chased the taxi on foot and grabbed on to the door, but eventually fell to the side as the vehicle sped away.
Now returned to her family, Juliana’s father, George, said that she has been traumatized by the experience: “I fear for her and my two other daughters,” said George in a telephone interview. “There is no reason to believe that we will not be targeted again. I don’t see how we can stay in Baghdad after this.”