Chechen mothers’ agony over fate of Islamic State daughters

We did not expect to meet so many people.

Dressed in brightly-coloured headscarfs and winter coats, they crowded into a poorly lit meeting room in city of Grozny, in the Russian state of Chechnya.

They were, for the most part, mothers and grandmothers, and they brought hundreds of photographs of their relatives with them.

These women clung to the photos with unmistakable intensity and we soon realised why. They do not know where the people in the pictures are – nor whether they are still alive.

But they know why their loved ones left home.

Their daughters married men who were members of Islamic State and travelled with them to Syria and Iraq.

Your daughters joined Islam’s purest. Live with it.