Parents of Peter Kassig make their plea to ISIS for the release of their son, an American aid worker who converted to Islam.
The parents of American aid worker Peter Kassig today released a YouTube video begging his ISIS captors to ‘show mercy’ and free him.
Ed and Paula Kassig, from Indianapolis, made the emotional plea just one day after the 26-year-old war veteran was threatened with death in graphic footage filmed by the terrorist group.
Referring to his son as Abdul-Rahman – a name he took having converted to Islam while imprisoned – Mr Kassig said: ‘We implore his captors to show mercy and use their power to let our son go.’
The school teacher, who was filmed on a sofa alongside his wife, continued: ‘Our family deplores all human suffering and the loss of innocent life, no matter who is responsible.
‘We respond by trying to persuade aid and assistance. Our son was living his life according to that same humanitarian call when he was taken captive.
‘We know that the Syrians have suffered. We also believe violence is not the solution to the problems that trouble us all.’
Speaking directly to her son, Mrs Kassig, who was donning a headscarf and clasping a photo of the aid worker in her hands, added: ‘We are so very proud of you and the work you have done to bring humanitarian aid to the Syrian people.
‘Our hearts ache for you to be granted your freedom so we can hug you again and then set you free to continue the life you have chosen, the life of service to those in greatest need.’