Nobody talked to his grandmother like this.
Samir was only 10 years old when the black-clad men arrived with their guns and their insults. He’d heard of this group, known locally as “Da’esh” (ISIS). He’d seen their black flags and heard rumors of what they were doing to his people—and now they were here in his hometown.
When the ISIS fighters jeered at his grandmother, Samir stood up for her. He put himself between her and the militants, shouting back at them defiantly.
In response, they lurched forward, grabbing Samir and pinning him to the ground while another went for a can of gasoline.