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Statement on Kayla Jean Mueller

Statement on Kayla Mueller


It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the death of Kayla Jean Mueller. We convey our deepest condolences to Kayla’s family – her parents, Marsha and Carl, and her brother Eric and his family – and to all those who loved Kayla dearly. We share their grief.
Kayla was a compassionate aid worker who devoted herself to those in need. Having travelled to many parts of the world, she found herself on the Turkey-Syria border where she started working with Syrian refugee children and women. Her love for Syria eventually led her to enter into Aleppo on a weekend in early August 2013 from where she never returned.


Kayla worked with Support to Life (STL) as a consultant for the Syrian Refugee Assistance Program in which she provided psychosocial support for Syrian refugee children and women in STL’s community center on the Turkey-Syria border. She was a valuable and respected member of the STL partnership and helped provide comfort and support to Syrian refugees forced to flee their homes from the violence of the war. Kayla touched so many lives and hearts during her work with STL.
Kayla was selfless and kind and displayed the kind of inner strength that was inspiring to her colleagues and friends, who have always appreciated her presence in the team not only because of her vision, but also her enthusiasm and positive approach to the work she was doing. Kayla’s warm heart, compassion and deep dedication to helping those in need will forever live on in our hearts and minds.


We are highly concerned about humanitarian workers being increasingly targeted by armed actors in conflict. We call upon all parties to uphold International Humanitarian Law and ensure the protection of civilians and aid workers worldwide so that they are able to reach out to those who are suffering, just like Kayla did.
In Kayla’s spirit and dedication, STL will continue to provide humanitarian aid in an impartial and neutral manner, standing up for violence and securing protection for all.

We will not let this suffering be normal.