I NOW REFUSE TO GIVE A CENT TO DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS & WE USED TO GIVE AT LEAST $50 BUCKS A YEAR. YEAH IT’S NOT A LOT OF $ BUT IT’S SOMETHING BUT NEVER AGAIN!
WE HAVE HEARD THAT MANY DOCTORS WHO ARE A PART OF THIS ORGANIZATION ARE FORCED INTO DOING THIS KIND OF WORK BECAUSE THEY FUCKED UP STATESIDE & IN ORDER TO KEEP THEIR CREDENTIALS THEY HAVE TO GO TO WORK FOR THIS COMPANY
Doctors Without Borders Refused to Help American ISIS Hostage Kayla Mueller
JAMES GORDON MEEK, MEGAN CHRISTIE, BRIAN EPSTEIN and BRIAN ROSS,Good Morning America23 hours ago
Kayla Mueller: American ISIS Captive Wrote Letter to Family Before Her Death BUT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FAILED TO HELP THIS WOMAN – TO THEM & TO ‘DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS’ SHE WAS EXPENDABLE. WELL NOT TO US!
“They’re a fabulous organization, and they do wonderful work,” Carl Mueller told ABC News’ “20/20” in an interview to be broadcast this Friday, “but somewhere in a boardroom, they decided to leave our daughter there to be tortured and raped and ultimately murdered.”
Even though she was kidnapped by ISIS from a Doctors Without Borders vehicle, and had helped a friend install equipment at a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Syria, the prestigious humanitarian group refused to help negotiate for the freedom of American hostage Kayla Mueller, her parents tell ABC News.
Marsha and Carl Mueller of Prescott, Arizona, said the group refused to speak with them for months and then withheld critical information provided by freed Doctors Without Borders hostages — information that directly concerned their daughter and was needed in order to begin negotiations for her release.
In a phone conversation recorded by the Muellers 10 months after their daughter’s kidnapping and provided to ABC News, they asked the group if it would help negotiate for their daughter. “No,” the senior official replied. “So, the crisis management team that we have installed for our five people and that managed the case for our people will be closed down in the next week. Yeah? … Because our case is closed.”
Mueller was killed in ISIS captivity in February 2015, 18 months after she was taken. She was kidnapped as she accompanied her boyfriend, Omar Alkhani, to Syria to help install communications equipment for Doctors Without Borders, also known by its abbreviation in French, MSF.
The organization’s top U.S. official said the group had no obligation to help the young American woman because she was not their employee.
“I don’t think there was a moral responsibility,” Jason Cone, MSF’s U.S. executive director, said in an interview with ABC News. “We can’t be in the position of negotiating for people who don’t work for us.”
Cone said Mueller had not been asked by the group to come to Syria and would have not have permitted her to travel there if it had been asked because of her American citizenship.
At least seven staff members of Doctors Without Borders were released by ISIS after the group helped to negotiate ransom payments. But the group refused to include Mueller in the negotiations, or to speak with the FBI case agent handler her case, according to an April 2014 email from a senior Doctors Without Borders official in Brussels provided to ABC News by the family.
“It’s a lack of appreciation for another human being,” Voss added.
Chris Voss, a retired FBI chief hostage negotiator who once oversaw hostage recovery operations in Iraq, said he found MSF’s decision not to aid Kayla Mueller or her family “stunning.”
“I think that’s totally abandoning someone that you had no reason to abandon. I mean, it sets that person up for incredibly negative, horrific consequences,” he told “20/20.” “They could’ve said, ‘Yes, you work for us.’ And they could’ve extended her some sort of protection, some sort of legitimacy that would’ve cost them nothing. And why they leave her out there like that? It’s frightening. It scares me.”
“If we start engaging in negotiating for the release of non-staff members, we increase the risk to our teams that are already taking grave risks to provide medical care in the some of these same places that Kayla wanted to provide help to,” the Doctors Without Borders executive said.
A Doctors Without Borders press release at the time of Mueller’s reported death on Feb. 6, 2015, stated, “Despite media reports, MSF wishes to clarify that at no time was Ms. Mueller employed by MSF, either in Syria or anywhere else.”
The group recently deleted the statement from its website, at the request of the Muellers, because “it was insensitive at a time of incredible grief for them,” Cone told ABC News.
The young American’s horror began on Aug. 3, 2013, with what seemed to be a safe trip from Antakya, Turkey, to Aleppo, Syria, to help Alkhani, who had been hired as a contractor by the group to install a satellite internet device at a hospital run by the group’s Spanish affiliate, according to her family, friends and the FBI. It was late in the day, so the hospital advised they stay overnight. The next day, Aug. 4, Kayla and Omar finished the work and hospital staff put them in an MSF-marked, “locally hired” vehicle to be transported to the Aleppo bus station to return across the Turkish border.
But they never made it.
A large group of ISIS gunmen stopped the vehicle and took prisoner Kayla, Omar, the hospital’s assistant logistics manager and the driver. All were Syrian except Kayla and all were released within weeks — except the young American.
When three female staff members were finally released by ISIS, they had been told to memorize an ISIS email address to give to Kayla’s parents — but Doctors Without Borders officials failed to tell the Muellers about that for at least seven weeks, until the final two members of its staff were also set free by ISIS.
“We had to take a decision in terms of passing the information on that was in the best interest of the two men that were held,” Cone said.
The delay in handing over the email address probably angered ISIS, said Voss, the former FBI hostage negotiator who once oversaw hostage recovery operations in Iraq.
“Looking at the situation from the adversary’s point of view, the Daesh kidnappers, they can’t imagine this would happen. This makes no sense to them. They have to be frustrated by this. They have to be kind of confused by it,” he said, using an alternative name for ISIS.
ABC News’ Rhonda Schwartz, Lee Ferran, Matt McGarry, Engin Bass, Mark Dorian, Alex Hosenball and Cho Park contributed to this report.
Kayla Mueller in Captivity: Courage, Selflessness as She Defended Christian Faith to ISIS Executioner ‘Jihadi John’
By JAMES GORDON MEEK
Aug 25, 2016, 2:58 PM ET
Courtesy Mueller Family
WATCH Former Hostage Recalls How Kayla Mueller Stood Up to ISIS Guard
American hostage Kayla Mueller was tortured, verbally abused, forced into slave labor for ISIScommanders in Syria and raped by the group’s top leader, but her fellow hostages say she never surrendered hope, she selflessly put the welfare of fellow captives above her own and she even stood up to executioner “Jihadi John” to declare her Christian faith.
Four former hostages who shared cells with her, speaking publicly for the first time about their shared ordeal for ABC News’ “20/20” segment “The Girl Left Behind,” airing Friday, say Mueller — a 25-year-old humanitarian aid worker from Prescott, Arizona — was courageous and inspiring.
Their ISIS guards were overseen by the British tough Mohammed Emwazi, who would later be dubbed Jihadi John, as he carried out the beheadings and killings of 10 hostages. The Londoner led three other Britons who oversaw the hostage operation. Their prisoners called them the Beatles.
In March 2014, Mueller was taken several times to a room next to one where male hostages were held. Former hostages said Emwazi paraded her in front of them to offer proof of life to the ones about to be released, having her remove her headscarf and briefly introduce herself.
Tune in to ABC News’ “20/20” on Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 p.m. ET for the full Brian Ross report, “The Girl Left Behind.”
Tune in to ABC News’ “20/20” on Friday, Aug. 26, at 10 p.m. ET for the full Brian Ross report, “The Girl Left Behind.” FOR VIDEO
The Kayla Mueller Proof-of-Life Video ISIS Sent Her Parents
Former hostage Daniel Rye Ottosen, a Danish freelance photographer, recalled how Mueller turned the tables on the men in black.
“One of the Beatles started to say, ‘Oh, this is Kayla, and she has been held all by herself. And she is much stronger than you guys. And she’s much smarter. She converted to Islam.’ And then she was like, ‘No, I didn’t,'” Ottosen told ABC News.
He says it surprised him a lot. He once tried to strangle himself when ISIS guards strung his arms up with chains.
“I would not have had the guts to say that. I don’t think so,” he said. “It was very clear that all of us were impressed by the strength that she showed in front of us. That was very clear.”
Daniel Rye Ottosen
Former ISIS hostage Daniel Rye Ottosen is seen here in this undated photo taken while he was held captive.
The only period in Mueller’s 18 horrifying months as an ISIS hostage when she wasn’t subjected to some form of torture, verbal abuse, prolonged isolation, sensory deprivation, stress positions, forced labor or sexual assault before she died in captivity was the six weeks she was held at an abandoned oil refinery south of the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, with other Western hostages in 2014.
Because many of the ISIS captives were the subject of separate negotiations for ransom with their governments, employers or families, the women, at least, inside the makeshift prison did not suffer kind of abuses that Mueller said she experienced in other ISIS prisons before and after her time there, according to the Mueller family and those held captive with her.
Three of the Westerners released by ISIS and a Yazidi teenager who escaped captivity provided ABC News with accounts of Mueller’s strength, selflessness and will to survive amid her considerable suffering, including details she gave them of her treatment when she was completely alone for most of her confinement.
“They would scream at her, and they would, you know, blame her for everything that America has done in the world,” Frida Saide, one of three women from Doctors Without Borders who shared a cell with Mueller at the oil refinery, told ABC News in an interview this month.
“They picked her apart,” said Patricia Chavez, one of the other Doctors Without Borders aid workers held with Mueller.
In her seventh month of captivity, Mueller’s frequent isolation and moves between makeshift prisons in Aleppo and Raqqa was interrupted by the arrival at the refinery of Saide, Chavez and a dozen other hostages, including Europeans in the process of being ransomed.
In March and April 2014, the women from Doctors Without Borders and a French journalist carried out three letters Mueller wrote by hand to friends and family, indicating it was finally her turn. The Doctors Without Borders women were made to memorize an ISIS email address, which the hostage takers instructed them to give to her parents.
That eventually led to extraordinary negotiations for her release, the former hostages and the Mueller family said in an ABC News investigation spanning more than two years.
Saide, 35, from Sweden and Chavez, 35, from Peru and Belgium had not been publicly identified as ISIS hostages before agreeing to speak to ABC News this month about their friend Mueller. At least six men held with them were eventually executed by the brutal Beatles, and the experience has left the women traumatized.
“Fear. It’s fear of the unknown. You don’t know what’s going to happen,” Chavez recalled of the state of terror in which they lived.
Frida Saide, 35, from Sweden and Patricia Chavez, 35, from Peru and Belgium, had never been publicly identified as ISIS hostages before agreeing to speak to ABC News this month about their friend, Kayla Mueller.more +
What is now known of Mueller’s 18 months of hell in ISIS hands has been drawn from the eyewitness accounts of a handful of fellow Western hostages like Saide and Chavez, who spent those six weeks with her in the spring of 2014 at the refinery, as well as from the Yazidi teen who was imprisoned with Mueller in late 2014.
Kayla Mueller’s parents, Carl and Marsha Mueller, recently met the Yazidi girl, now 15, for the first time, and they concluded that toward the end of their daughter’s life — after the FBI and Barack Obama’s administration blocked opportunities to help them ransom her — her spirit apparently dimmed.
She was more optimistic about being freed when she briefly shared a cell with the Doctors Without Borders women in early 2014, the freed hostages said.
When the three women entered Mueller’s cell and met her for the first time, they said they had to get over the initial shock of finding out that she was an aid worker taken with her contractor boyfriend and two Doctors Without Borders staffers from a Doctors Without Borders vehicle six months earlier. The women said their colleagues had failed to disclose the incident to them before their entry into Syria.
Mueller told them how she had helped her boyfriend, Omar Alkhani, a Doctors Without Borders contractor, install satellite internet at an Aleppo Doctors Without Borders hospital, where they were invited to stay the night, and how they were then were abducted the next day from a Doctors Without Borders vehicle with two staffers as they left for a bus station on Aug. 4, 2013.
Her cellmates in the Raqqa oil refinery — Saide, Chavez and the third Doctors Without Borders woman, whose identity remains confidential — entered Syria in November 2013. They said that in a safety briefing a Doctors Without Borders official did not tell them that Mueller and three Doctors Without Borders workers had been abducted.
“He said that for Doctors Without Borders, that the risk of kidnapping was not considered very big. It wasn’t something that I should worry about,” Saide told ABC News. “Kayla had already been abducted from an Doctors Without Borders vehicle only a couple of months before that. But he failed to mention this.”
Asked about the omission, Jason Cone, the executive director of Doctors Without Borders in the U.S., told ABC News this week that he wouldn’t second-guess decisions by the group’s security officers three years ago. He added that Mueller’s kidnapping was kept quiet for her security.
“At that time, when they went into Syria, it was the express wishes that they — that this incident not be talked about. That was deemed to be the best possible recourse,” he said.
20/20 documentary THE GIRL THEY LEFT BEHIND-KAYLA MUELLER – FUCK “DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS”
Former Hostage Recalls How Kayla Mueller Stood Up to ISIS Guard
He also said that the women were not traveling near Aleppo, where Mueller was kidnapped, and therefore their risk assessment was different. Saide and Chavez disputed that claim, saying they were near Aleppo when they entered Syria from Turkey.
As Mueller’s fellow female hostages described it for “20/20,” ISIS held the four women in a 12-foot-by-12-foot room of brick whitewashed walls, in what the FBI later called the “pipeline desert prison,” with a blacked-out window, a single lightbulb hanging from the ceiling and mattresses and blankets on the floor. They could tell day from night only through a ventilation fan near the ceiling.
“There was a little bit of light coming by this small vent, but that was it,” Chavez said.
“It was cold, dirty. We didn’t have that much to eat,” Saide recalled. “They gave us black dresses and hijab, so to cover our heads and faces.”
The women passed their time swapping stories of their families, their boyfriends and their homelands. They also whiled away the hours drawing, reading the Quran, writing and planning escapes that were all but impossible. Mueller sometimes cracked them up doing impressions of guards, including one brute they called Edges.
And always in the background were ISIS nasheeds — chanting songs of martyrdom and death — blaring on speakers.
“They played on and on and on,” Chavez said.
The relentless nasheeds underscored the real violence of the hostage takers, which the world would see later, on Aug. 19, 2014, with the first beheading on video by ISIS of an American captive, journalist James Foley.
A November 2012 file photo shows journalist James Foley while covering the civil war in Aleppo, Syria. The Islamic State group released a video on Aug. 19, 2014, showing a jihadi beheading Foley, a 40-year-old journalist from Rochester, N.H.more +
Death threats were common and credible, since a Russian captive was the first to be shot to death.
“We realized that they were actually killers, that they would enjoy killing us,” Saide said.
Mueller told the three Doctors Without Borders women in the cell about her previous six months of confinement, held mostly in isolation except for brief periods when she cared for a 14-year-old Shiite girl and another woman affiliated with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. All faced various forms of abuse by ISIS.
“She was amazing. She was a really strong girl,” Chavez said of Mueller.
Saide said Mueller had a surprisingly positive personality and “a strong faith that gave her a lot of strength. As a person, she was a very good friend. She was smart. She was fun to be with. She was very kind, extremely generous.”
“She was always considerate of others, even though she herself was in a very difficult situation,” Saide added. “She was always concerned for other prisoners. She never stopped being concerned for the Syrian population living through just horrible things in this war and still are. She never stopped caring for others.”
Sometimes they could hear male prisoners being severely beaten in other rooms, the women said.
The Beatles sometimes took the Doctors Without Borders women to another room alone, shined a bright light in their face and demanded sensitive personal information.
Saide cannot forgive her former jailers, who, she said, “caused so much pain to me and to others.”
Emwazi was killed by a CIA armed drone in Syria last year, which vaporized his car. YES OBAMA STRUCK THIS MUSLIM PIG RIGHT IN HIS BALLS!
And Ottosen, the Danish freelance photographer, said Mueller and another American hostage, journalist Steven Sotloff, figured out a way to pass letters back and forth — leaving them concealed in the common toilet — creating a makeshift game of Trivial Pursuit.
One day, the Doctors Without Borders women were ordered to appear in a proof-of-life video as the aid group negotiated their and two male staffers’ release. Mueller was told by their captors to stay out of the picture, the women recalled.
“They used to tell her that nobody cares about her. Like, nobody’s going to negotiate for her and, you know, trying to put ideas in her mind that she is different [from] us,” Chavez said.
But in March 2014, she was told by ISIS to pen two letters to her family stating the demands for her freedom: the release of convicted al-Qaeda operative Aafia Siddiqui from a U.S. federal prison or 5 million euros. She gave a third letter for her family to the Doctors Without Borders women to smuggle out. Though similarly worded, it included important personal contacts on the back, including her friend and college spiritual adviser, the Rev. Kathleen Day of Flagstaff’s Northern Arizona University.
Her first letter was carried out by a French journalist upon his release. And in March it came time for Saide, Chavez and the third Doctors Without Borders woman to leave, carrying Mueller’s other letters.
“She was happy that things were moving for us,” Chavez said. Mueller buried any disappointment that no one had asked her in eight months for proof-of-life questions — an obvious sign of a negotiation effort.
However, the Doctors Without Borders women were told by the Beatles to memorize an ISIS email address for the Mueller family to begin negotiations.
“It was a horrible feeling to be released, looking forward to being released but at the same time leaving someone behind,” Saide recalled.
Saide and Chavez said they hid encouraging notes in Mueller’s blankets and tried to make the best of parting. The women hugged their American friend as tears flowed. Saide told her to “stay strong,” that it would end for her soon. But Mueller said nothing.
“I felt that I wouldn’t be completely free until she was free,” Saide said in her interview with “20/20.”
Unbeknownst to Saide and Chavez, they said, Doctors Without Borders’ Brussels office, which oversaw Syria operations, withheld the smuggled letter from Carl and Marsha Mueller until mid-April and kept secret the second, ISIS-directed letter — which included a ransom demand — and the ISIS email address until May 22.
Doctors Without Borders officials have attributed the delays to their desire not to interfere with their ongoing negotiations for the release of other staffers still held by ISIS at the time. On Wednesday, the aid group issued a long statement that included the claim that “Kayla herself asked the women not to pass along this other [ISIS-ordered] letter.” But Saide told ABC News today that the statement by her former employer was “not true.” Chavez agreed, saying, “There was no discussion where Kayla asked us not to pass it on.”
An extraordinary negotiation began, with 27 emails exchanged between ISIS and the Muellers, whose notes were all written by their FBI team, according to the couple and U.S. officials.
But the U.S. began airstrikes against ISIS positions in Iraq in early August 2014 during the negotiations for Mueller, and the terrorist group soon began beheading on video almost all the remaining Western hostages in stated retaliation.
After U.S. airstrikes expanded broadly across Iraq and into Syria on Sept. 22, 2014, ISIS stopped responding to negotiation pleas by the Muellers. It is believed that by then Kayla Mueller had been handed over to the oil and gas emir for ISIS, Abu Sayyaf, and his sadistic wife, Umm Sayyaf, Tunisians who kept the American and a half-dozen Yazidi girls as sex slaves for ISIS’ “caliph,” Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Among several of the Yazidi girls enslaved alongside Mueller in the Sayyaf household in the fall of 2014, none was closer to her than a then-13-year-old who has asked to be called Julia by ABC News. Yazidi males were subjected to mass murder by ISIS in Iraq, and thousands of Yazidi girls were forced to be sex slaves.
Julia revealed in a “20/20” interview that Mueller — who was frequently raped by al-Baghdadi — passed up a chance at an escape in order to increase the odds for the Yazidi teens, who were able to sneak out of the ISIS kingpin’s house late one night in a flight to freedom.
“I told Kayla, ‘We want to escape,’ and I asked her to come with us. She told me, ‘No, because I am American. If I escape with you, they will do everything to find us again,'” Julia said.
“It is better for you to escape alone. I will stay here,” Mueller said, according to Julia.
In the Sayyaf household, she went by “Kayla Carl,” per the Muslim custom of referring to women with their father’s name. All the girls, including Mueller, were beaten by the Sayyafs — and Mueller also had to go to al-Baghdadi at night, as ABC News first reported last year.
“Baghdadi took her several times in the night for himself,” Julia recounted, adding that Mueller would return later and try to not to cry, though at times she broke down.
She told the girls that part of surviving was pretending that she had converted to Islam, though she still clung secretly to her Christian faith.
“When she was with us, she wanted to encourage us because of also what happened with us,” Julia said, noting the girls were taken in the night by ISIS men. “She was very tired every time. She was not crying every night, but she was very tired.”
Under a full moon, the Yazidi girls finally made their escape, parting tearfully with their older protective “sister.” They made their way back to Irbil, in Kurdish northern Iraq, where Julia helped U.S. military intelligence officers find the Sayyaf compound. A Delta Force raid in May of last year resulted in Abu Sayyaf’s being shot to death and Umm Sayyaf’s being taken prisoner.
Mueller “was praying for us to escape, to survive,” said Julia, turning a bracelet on her wrist that she wears to honor Mueller. “I will never forget this sacrifice. She was very good to us. I will never forget.”
In February 2015, ISIS claimed Mueller was killed in a Jordanian airstrike in Syria. The White House denied that an airstrike killed her but confirmed her death of unstated causes a few days after the ISIS claim.
At first, Julia refused to believe her friend Mueller could be dead.
Asked her reaction to the announcement on Feb. 6, 2015, Saide said simply, “I was devastated.”
ABC News’ Rhonda Schwartz, Lee Ferran, Matt McGarry, Engin Bass, Alex Hosenball, Cho Park and Esther Castillejo contributed to this report.