Nairobi, May 27: The biggest fears of a mother has come true when she discovered that her daughter had fled to Syria and left behind a message that said: "Do not look for me. I am very fine."
Tawfiqa's mother still holds her daughter's picture close to her heart and begs her to come back. Clad in a headscarf, the girl in the picture is pretty, but her expressionless face does not reveal anything. A month ago, she had a friend-Salwa Abdulla-visiting her. A short time later, Tawfiqua left the house to Salwa off and the girls never returned.
Both the families started looking for the duo, but to no avail. Four days later, a message to Tawfiqua's cousin partly read,"Assalam aleykum cuz, how are you? Am now in Syria ... Tell everyone not to look for me am doing very fine."
Her mother was shocked on receiving the shocking news. She said,"I fainted, and the entire family, who were with me, was also shocked and cried."
While Tawfiqa never showed any signs of extreme radicalism, she was considered a devout Muslim and was seen reading a Quran whenever she had free time. While she is just one of a hundred cases, security experts say Kenyans form the largest recruits to al Qaeda-linked Somali insurgent group Al-Shabaab.
Meanwhile, when asked, Tawfiqa's mother said,"Maybe it is Satan who has changed her mind. Maybe people came and told her something -- told her wrong stories, and tell her maybe this is good."
In a plea to her daughter, she further said: "I beg her to come back to me. Because as a mother, I am hurting."