A Dutch woman donned a disguise to retrieve her daughter from Syria, who had joined the Islamic State and regretted her decision.
The woman, known only as Monique, said that her 19-year-old daughter, Aicha, converted to Islam and married a Dutch militant after seeing him on television.
But she reached out to her mother from Raqqa, Syria, last month, pleading to go home.
Dutch police told Monique that even if she managed to avoid death, she could be arrested upon her return to the Netherlands for the “provision of assistance” to a terrorist, according to the Telegraph.
Monique had a plan, however, and arranged to meet her daughter through Facebook.
The Telegraph quotes her as saying,
Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. This is what I think is right.
She put on a burka and flew to Turkey before entering Raqqa, the make-shift headquarters of the militant group.
The two were somehow able to escape Syria and make it back to Turkey, although their method was not disclosed.
Aicha was arrested soon after they crossed the border because she didn’t have a passport. But officials from the Dutch Foreign Ministry have gotten involved to bring the pair to safety.
The mother and daughter are expected to return to their home of Maastricht by the end of the week.