After three years of little or no information on the whereabouts of his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren who travelled to war-torn Syria, allegedly to join the Islamic State (Isis) terror group, Imam Nazim Mohammed, head of the Masjid Umar Ibn Khattab Jamaat in Rio Claro, south Trinidad, got some good news last week.
It came in the form of a handwritten letter from his daughter who told him she is doing well in her new home in Iraq where she had settled with her husband and three teenaged children after moving there from Syria.
The family left their home in Princes Town in 2015 to go Syria where the Isis group operates. Mohammed, 75, said he was surprised to hear that they are now living in Iraq.
Yesterday, an Iraqi court sentenced 16 Turkish women to death by hanging for joining the Islamic State group. Iraq declared victory over Isis in December reclaiming key territories after the terror group seized control of nearly a third of the country in 2014.
Mohammed said he was relieved to find out his daughter and her family are alive and safe.
“Since she left I have had no communication with her for about three years. When I received the letter I was overjoyed to know that everything is okay. The letter did not have much details. All it stated that she was now in Iraq and is well. That is all I know. I have not communicated with them directly,” he said.
In a 2016 interview with the Sunday Guardian, Mohammed revealed that his daughter never told him she was leaving T&T with her family.