Dear Linda Sarsour,
The news broke on Friday, August 14, 2015. That day would have been Kayla Mueller’s twenty-seventh birthday.
The breaking – and heartbreaking – news: Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, the Islamic Studies PhD who heads ISIS, had repeatedly raped Kayla Mueller. “He owned her,” news accounts report. Kayla was al-Baghdadi’s “sexual slave.” She was tortured. Kayla had been 24 years old when ISIS first took her captive in 2013.