Cathy Otten writes for Religion News Service.
Basima al-Safar retouches a painting of Jesus outside her house overlooking the flat Nineveh plains, 30 miles north of Mosul.
The murals she paints tell the story of her people, Christians in Iraq. But with Islamic State militants nearby, she is worried that life in Alqosh and towns like it could soon come to an end.
A day after most of Mosul’s Christians fled, Islamic State fighters stormed the fourth-century Mar Behnam monastery near the city.