Today I am reposting a piece I wrote in February this year about Kayla Mueller, a humanitarian aid worker who was murdered while working in the Middle East. New information has come to light about her treatment while in captivity that makes her story even more tragic than it already was. And even while she was being subjected to such horrors, she was concerned about the teen-aged girls with her and “was like a mother figure to them.” If any of us are ever in such a horrible situation, we should be so blessed as to have someone else care about us . Again, my sympathies to her family.(the post from 2/11/2015)
I cannot think of anything else worth saying today other than to express my sadness for and sympathy to the family of Kayla Mueller. On the evening news last night I heard Kayla’s aunt describe her as “noble beyond her years.” I had never heard of Kayla until a few days ago, but her story touches my heart. I have a son about the same age; and like her,his work and passions have taken him all over the world. I cannot imagine getting an email like the one her parents received confirming her death. At only 26 years old, Kayla had already traveled to India, Israel, Palestine and Syria on humanitarian endeavors and in Arizona worked at a women’s shelter and with AIDS patients, according to the news reports. And in a letter she wrote to her family from captivity, she expressed regret that she was causing them pain. I hope the memory of this beautiful young woman brings some comfort to their grieving hearts.