The Islamic State, or ISIS, has threatened the life of Peter Kassig, 26, who converted to Islam after his capture. Just as in the case of murdered American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, the Kassig family has lamented that the government is nowhere to be found.
In a series of Tweets, the Kassig family has appealed directly to ISIS leadership. The message is always the same:
I am trying to get in touch with the Islamic State about my son’s fate. I am an old woman, and Abdul-Rahman is my only child. My husband and I are on our own, with no help from the government. We would like to talk to you. How can we reach you?
Some of the responses to her plea by Islamic State sympathizers are disturbing, to say the least. Many others, including Muslims, are supportive of the Kassig family’s effort. Mrs. Kassig has repeatedly asked for prayers, at one point tweeting that she “would like to ask for everyone who hears or sees my words to pray for his safe return at sunset each day.”