In 2014, two Muslim teen girls ran away from their families in Austria, leaving a note behind that they wanted to go fight for the Islamic State. Parents, who were Bosnian refugees living in Austria, tried desperately to find their daughters. Unfortunately, the story did not have a happy ending.
Samra Kesinovic, 17, and her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, were allegedly radicalized by a local Islamic preacher. The two became the 'poster girls' for ISIS recruitment after they ran away from home to join the terrorist group.
Shortly after arriving in Syria, photos emerged of the two girls featuring them wearing burkas and carrying AK-47s. They were surrounded by armed men and reported they'd taken jihadists as husbands.
Initial reports say the girls seemed happy with their choice. "Here I can really be free. I can practice my religion. I couldn't do that in Vienna," said Sabina through SMS to a French magazine.
The dream didn't take long to turn into a nightmare. A few months after arriving, a Tunisian former extremist claims to have encountered the girls living together in a house. The girls were considered a 'sexual present for new fighters.'
Samra wanted to escape, flee Syria and return home. She was caught and killed in her attempt.
Sabina is believed to have been killed fighting in Syria, according to United Nations officials.
One can only imagine the horrific reality check the two young, idealistic girls received when things turned bad for them. Now, their story serves as a warning to other youths who are being courted by radical Muslims for recruitment.