Over the past few months, there have been a lot of stories about young girls being lured to Syria, away from their Western families to become “jihadi brides“. The brides of ISIS.
to better understand why and under which circumstances women are recruited and the extent to which they become involved in violent extremist movements.
Just like the grooming carried out by pedophiles on the internet, much of this recruitment is carried out via social media. And the victims don’t realise what they’re really getting themselves into, until it’s too late.
Syria is, after all, at war. And these are the brides of the warriors.
One very lucky girl has been able to escape, against all odds… with the help of her mother.
Last week, after a plea for help from her daughter, Monique went back, against the advice of police, travelling to Raqqa, the seat of Islamic State’s so-called caliphate, according to Dutch media. She reportedly found her daughter and brought her back via Turkey.
Despite all attempts to talk her out of it, Monique travelled from the Netherlands to Syria to track down her teenaged daughter Aicha, and brought her back home.
Aicha was arrested upon her arrival.
Read the full story at: BBC News – Dutch mum rescues daughter from Islamic State in Syria.