My daughter and the caliphate

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A father fights to save his daughter who has run off to join the terror organization Islamic State. For four long years Maik Messing doesn’t know if she will survive the ordeal. And for those same four years he was joined by a camera Team.
"Your own child prefers to live among terrorists rather than with you, and even thinks it’s cool. That just destroys you!"
When Maik Messing‘s daughter Leonora suddenly disappeared in 2015, the whole world changed for this father from Saxony-Anhalt. Maik hadn’t noticed that his daughter had been radicalized. Leonora had been living a parallel Islamic existence online, sharing experiences on facebook and whatsapp groups. The prospect of living in the so-called Caliphate held no fear for her. After leaving Germany, she married high-ranking German IS terrorist Martin Lemke, who worked for IS intelligence. As his third wife, Leonora began her married life in the IS capital Raqqa. She stayed in touch with her family back home via voice messages and social media. Meanwhile, Leonora’s father undertook everything in his power to get his daughter back to Germany.

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