Minya Mesmer

Mother and Daughter: They escaped Islamic State. But their horror hasn’t ended.

“Let them kill us,” Mesmer told the girls. “It’s better than the life we’re leaving behind.”

Mesmer and the girls did not die. But their life would take a new, cruel, turn. The Libyan brigades they surrendered to that day have imprisoned them. After more than a year as Islamic State slaves, the women are accused of being part of the group.