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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on the young humanitarian aid worker held captive by ISIL terrorists, Kayla Mueller from Prescott, Arizona:

“In August 2013, a young humanitarian aid worker named Kayla Mueller from Prescott, Arizona was taken captive by ISIL terrorists while leaving a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Aleppo, Syria. Kayla had been working along the Turkish-Syrian border for months helping the thousands of innocent men, women and children whose lives were torn apart by the humanitarian catastrophe created by Bashar Assad and the Syrian civil war. Since her graduation from Northern Arizona University in 2009, Kayla had dedicated her life to helping people in need around the world – in India, Israel, the Palestinian territories and back home in Arizona.

“While I have no new information today on Kayla’s current situation, I do know from speaking regularly with her family that she is extremely devoted to the people of Syria, and to doing all she can to alleviate the terrible suffering which has left more than 200,000 people dead and driven millions from homes into refugee status. I also know that Kayla is extremely well-loved and dearly missed by her family and friends in Arizona.

“I ask that the news media please respect the privacy of the Mueller family at this difficult time, and for all Americans to say a prayer for Kayla, her family, and her safe return home to those who love her.”

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