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The famously brutal terrorist group, ISIS, claims it will execute 180 Assyrian Christians who they kidnapped in February. The group demanded the Assyrian community pay $12 million for the release of the captured Christians, but Assyrian leadership says the amount is “unbearable.” The Christian Post cited Osama Edward, director of the Assyrian Human Rights Network, as saying, "The negotiations ... have been suspended due to the unbearable demands of the terror group. ISIS threatened to execute the 180 hostages if we didn't pay the ransom."
The kidnapped Assyrians are part of a group of 230 ISIS captured back in February from the Khabur river valley in Syria. Discuss

White House officials are hoping that Internet users will join together to help the millions of refugees who have fled violence in Syria’s on-going civil war. In response to a request from the White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, Kickstarter has teamed with the United Nations Refugee Agency for a one-week campaign to raise money for those effected by the crisis through crowdfunding. With more than six days still to go, more than $1 million has been brought in so far, but as the campaign notes, the need is massive:

This year alone, half a million refugees have found their way to Europe. Many of them arrive exhausted, malnourished, and carrying the few possessions they could save. Six thousand more are arriving in Greece each day. Globally, more than half of the refugee population is under 18. Often, children end up separated from their loved ones, lost in strange new places … UNHCR is helping, in Europe and around the globe. And you can help them. At the invitation of the White House, we’re joining the effort to support their important work. Any money you give through this campaign will go directly to USA for UNHCR to provide aid to people who need it — everything from food, water, and warm clothes to special care for children separated from their families.

They’ve even outlined different donation amounts, describing what impact as little as $30 could have in the life of a refugee. You can go here to give and learn more about the campaign to help Syrian refugees. Discuss