Edit Schlaffer, Yassin Ekdahl and Saida Munye at Women in the World 2015

Edit Schlaffer, Yassin Ekdahl and Saida Munye onstage with Bharka Dutt at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York.

Edit Schlaffer am Women in the World Summit 2015 - onstage mit einer Mutter, deren Tochter nach Syrien gegangen ist

Als ihre Tochter vergangenes Frühjahr verschwand, begann für Saida Munye ein unvorstellbarer Albtraum. Sie wusste, dass ihre Tochter Schweden mit einem Mann verlassen hatte, den sie liebte. Der Mann ist IS Terrorist.


“Mothers are the emotional space, the emotional relation—jihadists cannot compete with the connection,” Schlaffer said. “During adolescence, you might seem to lose this connection, or it becomes looser. Jihadists are in competition with families. Families and mothers have to realize the goldmine they have.” Girls who join jihad often dismiss reports of terrorist extremism as propaganda, Schlaffer has said. Mothers can often break through that. “Mothers are on the front lines,” she said.

Swedish psychologist Yassin Ekdahl, a counterterrorism specialist, joined the women onstage, noting that kids in their late teens are especially susceptible. “It’s a time of turmoil and finding oneself and who I am,” he said. Ekdahl works with the government of Sweden to help families battling the effects of extremism.

Moderator Barkha Dutt, a consulting editor for Indian television network NDTV, asked Munye what she would like to tell her daughter today. Munye said that if her daughter returns, “I will try my best to be the mother she dreams. If she has the ideology that is self-destructive, she needs to be protected.”

Dieser Artikel wurde am 23. April 2015 in der New York Times veröffentlicht:


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