'We were prisoners': Kansas teen forced into ISIS speaks, family - KCTV5

'We were prisoners': Kansas teen forced into ISIS speaks, family in US reaches out

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A girl from Kansas has found herself across the globe living in ISIS territory. But unlike 4,000 other civilians who are still trapped, she recently escaped. (CBS NEWS) A girl from Kansas has found herself across the globe living in ISIS territory. But unlike 4,000 other civilians who are still trapped, she recently escaped. (CBS NEWS)
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A girl from Kansas has found herself across the globe living in ISIS territory. But unlike 4,000 other civilians who are still trapped, she recently escaped.

Syrian militias, backed by U.S. forces, are days away from liberating Raqqa, the self-proclaimed capital of ISIS and the terror group's last stronghold in the country. Thousands of civilians are still in the ruined city, and ISIS is using them as human shields. 

On the edge of Raqqa, a group of women have just escaped ISIS territory. One of them revealed she's American.

"I'm from Kansas. I've been in Syria for five years,"  she said. She was born in Lawrence and grew up in Wichita.

She's just 15 years old, and says she was brought to Syria by her father, a strong ISIS supporter, against her will. Because she's a minor, we are not revealing her name.  

"My father, of course, didn't tell us that we were coming to Syria," she said. "When it was time to get out of the car, and cross the border, he was like 'you're going to Syria,' and, yeah, it was a really big shock."

Her father was later killed, she says, leaving her to fend for herself. She's a devout Muslim, but hated ISIS. 

"We were prisoners. We were just quiet. Shut up, sit down you're in the house, you have nothing to say," she said. "Be glad your head isn't chopped off. "

A blog post, previously written by her mother, shows the girl in happier times,  a seemingly normal American family. 

She misses the comforts of home: "There's a restaurant called Texas Roadhouse, they have steak there," she said.

It's easy to forget she's just a teenager when she describes what she's seen.

"When you walk outside there's intestines on the street. There's a head cut off from the shrapnel. There's a leg," she said.

She married a Syrian ISIS fighter, she says, who was recently killed by a strike, and is now six months pregnant with his child.

"I still have hope, hope to go to school, hope to be a normal person, hope to be a mother to my child," she said.

Her mother, she thinks, is still in the U.S.

"Hi Mom, if you see this video, please contact me," she said.

Since KCTV5 reported about her recent escape from ISIS territory, one of her family members has come forward. So, help could soon come for this girl who has been wanting to return to the U.S. for so long. 

So far, there has been no word from her mother. However, on Friday, KCTV5 learned that the girl's grandmother is working to get in touch with her and bring her back. 

A Syrian man who lives in Kansas said he wants to help make it happen, too, and can't imagine how sad her family must be knowing she's been stuck for so long. 

"Sad. Very sad," said Nazir Jesri. "A 15-year-old forced to be married to somebody you don't know. At 15 you should be in school doing what a 15-year-old does -- enjoying her time playing, studying and being together with friends -- not being married to somebody, let alone an ISIS member and then being pregnant at 15."

It's not clear what steps will be involved once her grandmother does make contact with her. 

Copyright 2017 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) and CBS News. All rights reserved. CBS and KWCH contributed to this report.

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