An advocacy group for persecuted Christians is reacting to the video released Sunday by the militant Islamic terror group ISIS showing the murder of 30 Ethiopian Christian men in Libya.
Videotape of the murders came on the heels of the weekend report of a fishing boat carrying as many as 950 people capsizing in the Mediterranean Sea. Troy Augustine, regional manager for Africa for International Christian Concern, says tens of thousands of African migrants have been leaving by way of the Mediterranean for Italy and other destinations.
"It seems like people are trying to flee to get to Europe to escape exactly this kind of persecution and violence," he laments, "and it seems in this case that these men were caught up en route in Libya."
Augustine says the videotaped murders demonstrate that ISIS continued to target Christians.
"It seems as if ISIS continues to wage a war against what they call 'the nation of the cross' [Christians] – and if you don't agree to pay an Islamic tribute tax, which they would impose or coerce Christians within their territories to pay, you face death of this kind," says the ICC spokesman.
In February, ISIS released a video of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians and one non-Egyptian beheaded on a Libyan beach (see related commentary).