Kayla Mueller, of Arizona, was kidnapped by ISIL Daesh in Aleppo in August as she left a Doctors without Borders hospital 2013 and was confirmed dead on Friday, February 6th. Her captors claimed she had died during an airstrike, carried out by the Jordanian air force, in Raqqa. A photo was sent to her family her dead body to confirm her death. Mueller, an aid worker who had been in Turkey prior to going to Syria sent a desperate message to her family after she had been captured by Daesh militants. A friend of Kayla’s asked her not to travel to Syria, but she was adamant about going and helping people. Miss Mueller had been working with humanitarian groups helping Syrian refugees dispersed by the civil war when she left for Syria. Her captors had claimed all along that they had treated her with respect - which Kayla had confirmed in a handwritten letter she had penned during her time in captivity. The Mueller family also received a video of Kayla, forcibly taped by Daesh leaders, as proof she was still alive. Her attitude and dedication to her volunteer work, which embodies the American spirit of charity, compassion, and exceptionalism…
It is exactly four years since I escaped from Iran I took this picture at the time of my escape and on the ground zero border, meaning the last point in the Iranian territory. My feeling was that there was no going back.  I thought to myself, you better take a souvenir picture that I, myself, and also Iran, be in it. I was abandoning everything that I had accumulated in my thirty years of living in that land, onward towards a future with no guarantees, a trip to a land that I had no notion of, just in the hopes of the feel of freedom... I don’t know whether I should say fortunately or unfortunately, but this notionless land as my second country, not only gave me the blessings of freedom, but also respect, self-confidence, security, and...  in return for those, it did not ask me for anything; meaning, it gave me everything that was taken away from me in my motherland just to keep the cruel Islamic system in power. The calm that exists in this bountiful land has been so much that I, even now, regret less having lost my life, health and youth in the dungeons…