Spotlight on Nordic recruiting ground for Isis fighters' child brides
Friday, 26 February 2016 - 8:59
The lakes and forests of Scandinavia might seem an unlikely place to find the child bride of an Islamist warrior. But flawed integration of a fast-growing immigrant minority has combined with the internet to turn Sweden into a new recruiting ground for the proclaimed caliphate.
When Marilyn Nevalainen, a white, Swedish, 14-year-old, fell for a north African refugee, she started a journey that ended in Mosul in Kurdish Iraq, where she was rescued from Islamic State militants last week.
Born in a Swedish family in rural Mark county, south-west Sweden, Marilyn, now 16, moved in with foster parents in Halland, south of Gothenburg. Her 19-year-old boyfriend started talking to her about Isis, and showing her films. When he asked her to go with him to Syria, she said yes.