September 24, 2014 3:46:14 pm
24-year-old Muslim convert explains to The Associated Press her decision to move with her toddler to the territory controlled by the Islamic State group, saying it offers them protection from the sex, crime, drugs and alcohol that she sees as rampant in Turkey.
“The children of that country see all this and become either murderers or delinquents or homosexuals or thieves,” Asiya Umi Abdullah wrote in one of several Facebook messages.
Ummi Abdullah’s experience illustrates the pull of the self-styled caliphate straddling Iraq and Syria that has sent shockwaves around the world with its bloodthirsty campaign, and advertises itself as a family-friendly place.
It also shows how even in modern Turkey families are dropping everything to find salvation in what one academic describes as a “false heaven.”
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