What can you do when your daughter is about to make a huge mistake and you can’t stop her. When reason and logic failed, you’re left confronted with an inevitable outcome. That is what an Italian family is dealing with when their daughter left for Syria.
Vanessa Marzullo, and Greta Ramelli were working on humanitarian projects in refugee camps when they were abducted by Islamist. It is being reported they’ve been sold as sex slaves. Obviously, the families are distraught.
Apparently speaking in a voice cracked with emotion and anxiety, Salvatore Marzullo said: 'What could I do? Vanessa is an adult, a golden girl, brave and responsible. I tried to reason with her, I tried to convince her in every way I could not to do what she had in mind.'
'But when you realize that all your talk, your thoughts, and eventually all your prayers are not heard, what can you do?,' he added.
'I could not stop her from doing what she wanted. It's not like you can take a person and tie them down. Tell me what I had to do. Was I wrong? I had to tie her down?,' he went on to say.
Mr. Marzullo said his daughter had long sympathised with the plight on Syrians and had taken part in a number of protests and demonstrations in her home city of Bergamo.
While studying Linguistic and Cultural Mediation at the University of Milan, her interest in activism grew - as did her desire to travel to Syria and help.
Mr Marzullo said the family - including younger brother Mario - tried to convince the 21-year-old to stay in Italy and set up a foundation, but she said it wouldn't be enough and that she must do more.
Idealism meets hard cold reality. Hopefully, these girls will come home alive and unmolested.