When it comes to being an ISIS hostage, things seldom end well, especially if you are American or British — or Japanese, for that matter. Unfortunately, that is true for American aid worker Kayla Mueller, who was allegedly killed by the Islamic State in Syria even though she had a chance to escape.
The revelation comes following the publication of a letter written by Kayla to her family while she was in captivity.
Kayla, who was 26 at the time of her death, was held for a year-and-a-half by ISIS and then died in what have been dubbed “mysterious circumstances.”
While ISIS claim that a Jordanian airstrike killed Kayla, the Pentagon says that she died at the hands of ISIS and may have even been beheaded.
Kayla reportedly had the opportunity to escape ISIS, but she aborted her plan last August because she wanted to care for a cellmate with whom she had grown close. The cellmate was a teenage Yazidi girl who was sick and malnourished.
In one part of the letter, which was published by various news outlets online, Kayla wrote, “None of us could have known it would be this long but know I am also fighting from my side in the ways I am able + I have a lot of fight left inside of me,’ she wrote. ‘I am not breaking down + I will not give in no matter how long it takes.”
She continued, “I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free. I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it. Do not fear for me, continue to pray as will I + by God’s will we will be together soon.”
Following her death in February, Kayla’s parents, Carl and Marsha, along with her brother, Eric, released a statement, saying, “We are heartbroken to share that we’ve received confirmation that Kayla Jean Mueller, has lost her life. Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace.”
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