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Published On: Wed, Feb 11th, 2015

ISIS victim, Kayla Mueller, letter released by family

Along with confirming the death of their only daughter Tuesday, Kayla Mueller’s parents have released the last letter she wrote to them while in the hands of ISIS.

It begins, “Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am still detained but my cell mates (starting from 11/2/2014) have been released. I have asked them to contact you + send you this letter.”

Kayla Mueller, the latest ISIS victim  photo/ supplied by family

Kayla Mueller, the latest ISIS victim photo/ supplied by family

Mueller, 26, was abducted in Syria iwth her Syrian boyfriend in August of 2013, while working as an aide worker. Fox News details her time in captivity, being shuttled by the terroritsts from “a children’s hospital in Aleppo, an industrial area near the Turkish border, and the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa” and the US failed a raid attempt to rescue her.

Kayla contrasts her good health with those tortured or killed.

“It’s hard to know what to say. Please know that I am in a safe location, completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/ the utmost respect + kindness.”

“I could only but write the letter a paragraph at a time, just the thought of you all sends me into a fit of tears.”

She asks for forgiveness, presumably because of “What she feels like she was putting her family through” and promises to be strong.

“I am not breaking down + I will not give in no matter how long it takes. … I know you would want me to remain strong. That is exactly what I am doing. Do not fear for me, continue to pray as will I + by God’s will we will be together soon.”

The New York Times has published in full:

Everyone, If you are receiving this letter it means I am still detained but my cell mates (starting from 11/2/2014) have been released.  I have asked them to contact you + send you this letter.  It’s hard to know what to say.  Please know that I am in a safe location, completely unharmed + healthy (put on weight in fact); I have been treated w/ the utmost respect + kindness.  I wanted to write you all a well thought out letter (but I didn’t know if my cell mates would be leaving in the coming days or the coming months restricting my time but primarily) I could only but write the letter a paragraph at a time, just the thought of you all sends me into a fit of tears.  If you could say I have “suffered” at all throughout this whole experience it is only in knowing how much suffering I have put you all through; I will never ask you to forgive me as I do not deserve forgiveness.  I remember mom always telling me that all in all in the end the only one you really have is God.  I have come to a place in  experience where, in every sense of the word, I have surrendered myself to our creator b/c literally there was no else…. + by God + by your prayers I have felt tenderly cradled in freefall.  I have been shown in darkness, light + have learned that even in prison, one can be free.  I am grateful.  I have come to see that there is good in every situation, sometimes we just have to look for it.  I pray each each day that if nothing else, you have felt a certain closeness + surrender to God as well + have formed a bond of love + support amongst one another… I miss you all as if it has been a decade of forced separation.  I have had many a long hour to think, to think of all the things I will do w/ Lex, our first family camping trip, the first meeting @ the airport.  I have had many hours to think how only in your absence have I finally @ 25 years old come to realize your place in my life.  The gift that is each one of you + the person I could + could not be if you were not a part of my life, my family, my support.  I DO NOT want the negotiations for my release to be your duty, if there is any other option take it, even if it takes more time.  This should never have become your burden.  I have asked these women to support you; please seek their advice.  If you have not done so already, [REDACTED] can contact [REDACTED] who may have a certain level of experience with these people.  None of us could have known it would be this long but know I am also fighting from my side in the ways I am able + I have a lot of fight left inside of me.  I am not breaking down + I will not give in no matter how long it takes.  I wrote a song some months ago that says, “The part of me that pains the most also gets me out of bed, w/out your hope there would be nothing left…” aka—The thought of your pain is the source of my own, simultaneously the hope of our reunion is the source of my strength.  Please be patient, give your pain to God.  I know you would want me to remain strong. That is exactly what I am doing.  Do not fear for me, continue to pray as will I + by God’s will we will be together soon.   All my everything,   Kayla

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    […] all of America is honoring the American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was murdered by Islamic State, and instead highlighting on the 26-year-old’s humanitarian work for […]

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