A 15-year-old girl who escaped Raqqa following the fall of the former ISIS capital has told Holly Williams of CBS This Morning that she was brought to Syria against her will five years ago by her father.
“I’m from Kansas. I’ve been in Syria for five years,” the girl said, her face shrouded by a full burka during the interview.
“We were afraid of him, we didn’t trust him,” the young teenager said of her father. “We were just quiet. Shut up, sit down. You’re in your house, you have nothing to say. Be glad your head isn’t chopped off.” Her father, she added, was later killed.
Left alone without her father’s protection, she married a Syrian man who she said was also killed in an airstrike. She is now six months pregnant.
The girl said that she witnessed death and destruction during the siege of Raqqa firsthand, and that “everywhere you walked, if you see a bombed building, you smell the smells of the bodies.”
She now hopes to reunite with what is left of her family, including her mother, who she believes is still living in the U.S.
“I still have hope, hope to go to school, hope to be a normal person, hope to be a mother to my child. There’s a lot of stories that I could tell you. Five years with ISIS, you would see a lot,” the girl said. “Hi Mom, please, if you see this video, please contact me.”
According to CBS This Morning, the girl has been taken into custody by U.S. backed Syrian forces. It is not yet known whether she has been handed over to U.S. authorities.
Watch the full interview below.