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.

  • WalterBannon

    good riddance to these Chechens, less muslims is always a good thing

  • Watchman

    According to islamic theology, a relative who dies as a jihadist martyr gets to allow relatives free passes into Jannah (Islamic Heaven) so the mother can be one of the 72 virgins that her husband gets forever and ever. After all, isn’t that’s why you have children, right? /sarc

  • Barrington Minge

    Their choice. They went. No sympathy.

  • Nermal

    It’s about time we showed Jihadis that actions have consequences

  • Millie_Woods

    Where were they when IS was slitting throats and destroying archeological sites?
    Now that their heros are getting exterminated, they’re looking for pity. As Oscar Wilde said “One would need a heart of stone not to laugh”.

  • BillyHW

    Maybe they shouldn’t have raised them muslim? That will never occur to these savages.

  • Malcolm Y