As systematic rape becomes an increasingly powerful recruiting tool for Isis, the full story of the ordeal faced by the aid worker killed in captivity is revealed by a 14-year-old Yazidi girl who was captured by Isis in Iraq, last August. Her version has been corroborated by US officials.
The girl says she spent two months in captivity with Ms Mueller before escaping from the Syrian town of al-Shadadiya in October 2014.
After originally being held in the Iraqi city of Mosul for little under a month, the 14-year-old and four other young Yazidi girls had, by late August of 2014, met Ms Mueller, who would have turned 27 this Friday. They were then transferred to al-Shadadiya. According to the Yazidi girl, Ms Mueller had learnt basic Arabic while in captivity and went by the name of “Kayla Carol”. The last name derived from her father’s name – which in the Arab world serves as a family name – which is Carl.
Ms Mueller had been kidnapped in Syria in August 2013 while leaving a Spanish Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Aleppo. Isis had demanded a ransom of €5m for her release.
Ms Mueller demonstrated an interest in aid and human rights work during her high school years, as a member of the Save Darfur Coalition. She had travelled to the Turkish-Syrian border in December 2012 to work with the humanitarian organisation Support to Life, assisting refugees. In 2013, she spoke about her experiences to the Prescott Kiwanis Club in Arizona, a volunteer group of which her father is a member. “Syrians are dying by the thousands, and they’re fighting just to talk about the rights we have,” she said.
Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi repeatedly raped US hostage Kayla Mueller and turned Yazidi girls into personal sex slaves - Middle East - World - The Independent