The family of a young Canadian woman who travelled to Syria after being radicalized say losing her was the most “shocking thing in the world” and that they wish CSIS had done more to prevent the 23-year-old’s departure.
The woman, whom CBC News is calling Aisha to protect her identity, made the journey to Syria to join up with ISIS last summer, after taking an online course to study the Qur’an taught by a woman based in Edmonton, says her older sister Rabia (whose name has also been changed).
“We all went to work, came home, all her stuff was gone. She had packed all her winter clothes, took her computer and left,” Rabia says.
“It was the most devastating, most scary, most shocking thing in the world.”
Over the past several months, Rabia has been speaking to CBC News about her family’s ordeal. Some details, such as names and the family’s location, are being withheld for security reasons.
The women is 23 years old. She is not a child nor is she a victim. Her family should not be blaming CSIS nor anyone else save their demented family member.
She made the choice of her own volition knowing full well she was off to join a rabid, murderous cult.