Mother finds kidnapped three-year-old son in Syrian terror group ISIS’s online propaganda
Nirapad News :The last time Lidia Herrera saw her son was in November last year when she gave him to his father before leaving home in Italy and going to visit relatives in Cuba.
But instead of babysitting the boy, her estranged husband Ismar Mesinovic instead took his son to Syria where he signed up to fight for ISIS.
And now, a year after the pair went missing, Miss Herrera has seen her son again for the first time as part of an online propaganda campaign for the terror group.
Wearing a black headband inscribed with Arabic writing and with a tiny AK-47 rifle slung around his neck, Miss Herrera says this is her three-year-old son Ismail.
Walking through a muddy and battle-scarred landscape the boy clutches the hand of a man whose face is not pictured.
While it is not known when exactly the image was taken, this man is unlikely to be the boy’s father as he is believed to have been killed during fighting in September.
Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, Miss Herrera said: ‘That child is Ismail. I pray every day that he will be brought back to me.
‘I hope that he will come back here beside me. I think only of him, only him.’
Miss Herrera lives in the northern Italian town of Belluno, but originally comes from Cuba, where she still has relatives.
She said it was not unusual for her husband to care for the child while she went to visit them, and that he would often take the boy abroad to see his own family in Bosnia and Germany.
So when she handed her son over last year, she had no idea Ismail would be taken to Syria.
She added: ‘I never had the faintest suspicion my husband was a terrorist. When I knew they had left for Syria it was like everything around me fell apart.
‘My little one in Syria…You can only imagine how a mother feels in front of news like that.’
According to La Repubblica anti-terrorism police and secret service officers are now investigating the boy’s disappearance.
They are believed to be probing a group of Islamists who operate in the northern Veneto region, which includes the town of Belluno.