INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The mother of an Indianapolis man being held captive by ISIS sent out a plea on Tuesday.
Paula Kassig posted the following message on Twitter:
Message to the men of the Islamic State in contact with my only son Abdul Rahman Kassig.
Abdul Rahman’s father and I have done all that you have asked to the greatest extent of our ability. We are humble people committed to serving others. I implore you in the name of the almighty God to communicate with us to discuss our son’s fate as he only seeks to serve God and the teachings of Islam.
Kassig also posted the tweet in Arabic.
It’s the second message reaching out to the captors of her son, Abdul-Rahman, from her Twitter account in recent weeks.
“Everything has come straight from the heart of a mother and a father. It has struck me, that if any of those people who are holding Peter, are parents themselves, of a son or daughter, I really hope that the appeals of, in this case, Mrs. Kassig, would go from one parent’s heart to another,” said Carlson.
Allowing a message from a mother, to reach halfway across the world.
“It’s humanized the situation,” said Franklin College Religious Studies Professor David Carlson. “There are families behind these people held hostage.”
Carlson says he believes the message is reaching someone.
“The world is small enough, the word is going to get to someone, who will say something to someone about these messages from this family,” said Carlson.
The Kassig Family has also gotten on Twitter, spreading the message their son was so passionate about: the need for help for Syrian refugees.
They released a 2012 letter from their son Tuesday, explaining why he was there, and why he stayed.
He told his family and friends in that letter, “There is too much work to be done here. Too many people in need of immediate help.” He added, “Here, in this land, I have found my calling.”
“I could only imagine what Peter could do for our world if he were allowed to be released,” said Carlson.
This week Paula and Ed Kassig released additional portions of their son’s letter from captivity. Abdul-Rahman Kassig, 26, was working on a project for the organization he founded, Special Emergency Response and Assistance (SERA), when he was detained on Oct. 1, 2013, on his way to Deir Ezzour in eastern Syria. Kassig’s parents say Kassig was working as a medic, helping Syrian refugees.