IS hostage’s mum tweets captors

Written By komlim puldel on Kamis, 09 Oktober 2014 | 20.02

Peter Kassig is a 26-year-old US aid worker who has been threatened with execution at the end of the most recent IS beheading video posted on social media.

Peter Kassig with a truck on the Syrian border delivering supplies to refugees. Source: AFP

THE mother of IS hostage Peter Kassig has been tweeting IS regarding the fate of her only son.

Paula Kassig made a direct plea to the terrorist group's notoriously reclusive leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, tagging other prominent IS members in an effort to get her message heard.

In it, she refers to Baghdadi as Caliph, meaning "head of an Islamic State", and calls her son Abdul-Rahman, or "servant of the merciful", the name he took upon his conversion to Islam in captivity.

Mrs Kassig refers to herself as "an old woman", and explains that she and her husband Ed are seeking their only child, "with no help from the government".

Her son Kassig, a 26-year-old US aid worker, was threatened with execution at the end of the most recent IS beheading video posted on social media, which showed the death of British foreign aid worker Alan Henning.

It is the fourth such video posted online.

Henning's wife also attempted to contact IS, but with the help of the British government. In contrast, brave Mrs Kassig is going it alone.

Ed and Paula Kassig at a vigil for their son at Butler University last night. Source: AFP

Last week, the BBC's former Middle East Bureau chief Paul Danahar tweeted that the Kassigs had stayed silent on their son's capture by IS for a year at the request of the terrorist group.

They broke that silence a week ago after he featured in the latest IS execution video, posting a heartbreaking message on YouTube about their son.

In it, Mrs Kassig, a nurse who works with refugees, wears a veil over her hair. Her husband Ed, a teacher, emphasises the humanitarian good their son has done in Syria.

Three days ago, they released a letter from their son from June, in which he wrote that he was "scared to die".

The couple last night attended a prayer vigil at Kassig's alma mater Butler University in Indianapolis, hosted by the Muslim Student Association.

Afterwards, they tweeted a letter to the community about their son's humanitarian work for Syria's children, urging people to do the same and share their efforts along with the hashtag #BeLikeAbdulRahman (Kassig's new name).

Kassig is a former US Army ranger and trained emergency medical technician, who formed a humanitarian agency in Turkey called Special Emergency Response and Assistance. He was taken hostage last October, while taking aid supplies into Syria.

His friend, journalist Michael Downey, told Global News that those campaigning for his release want to make certain his humanitarian work and care for Syrian civilians is known, to make clear he was trying to help people suffering under the Syrian regime ISIS has been fighting.

"We're trying to find Syrians who have been helped by him and we've already tracked down quite a few who are soon [going] to make statements and appeal for his release."


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