My daughter and the caliphate | DW Documentary

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    A father fights to save his daughter who has run off to join the terror organization Islamic State. For four long years Maik Messing doesn’t know if she will survive the ordeal. And for those same four years he was joined by a camera Team.
    "Your own child prefers to live among terrorists rather than with you, and even thinks it’s cool. That just destroys you!" When Maik Messing‘s daughter Leonora suddenly disappeared in 2015, the whole world changed for this father from Saxony-Anhalt.
    Maik hadn’t noticed that his daughter had been radicalized. Leonora had been living a parallel Islamic existence online, sharing experiences on facebook and whatsapp groups. The prospect of living in the so-called Caliphate held no fear for her. After leaving Germany, she married high-ranking German IS terrorist Martin Lemke, who worked for IS intelligence. As his third wife, Leonora began her married life in the IS capital Raqqa. She stayed in touch with her family back home via voice messages and social media.
    Meanwhile, Leonora’s father undertook everything in his power to get his daughter back to Germany: "This is life or death. That much is absolutely clear."
    For four years a TV crew accompanied Maik - a baker by vocation - as he met with human traffickers from Syria and negotiated with terrorists, all while trying to continue with his daily life in Germany.
    Any attempts to rescue his daughter were extremely precarious. Islamic State controlled not only the streets of Raqqa, but each and every person who lived there. At times, the psychological pressure for Maik Messing was so great he even contemplated suicide.
    The film offers not only a rare glimpse of life inside the Islamic State, but also depicts this often brutal existence from the perspective of a naive teenager. One who, in the middle of it all, still finds time to listen to German pop musi.
    Update July 2020:
    According to information provided by the German broadcaster NDR, Leonora is still in the al-Hawl detention center in Syria with her two children. Her family has taken legal action against the German government to have Leonora and the children brought back to Germany. The court has ruled in favor of the family. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic it is not clear when and under which circumstances their return can take place. It is also unclear whether Leonora will be taken into custody upon her return.
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roger ashar
roger ashar

When u think you have seen it all ..Dw just amazes each time with such intense and intriguing stuff..

Vor year
yalmogbel
yalmogbel

@Faye Wike I bet you never been near a Muslim let alone read the Quran

Vor 5 Monate
Leona Lace
Leona Lace

This is not actually made by DW....

Vor 9 Monate
Eva Sawicka
Eva Sawicka

@opcw ghouta Exactly. They should make a film about how their victims were raped, tortured and burned alive. And how their families feel about it.

Vor 11 Monate
pad
pad

@Russell Anderson salam

Vor year
pad
pad

@Thessa Linda murderous cults are as much a part of Islam as Jim Jones of Jamestown & David Koresh of Waco were Christians. Religions are not all good & rarely all bad.

Vor year
coffeeismyjam
coffeeismyjam

Her father is an amazing man. I hope he is able to find peace after all this 🙏

Vor 7 Stunden
kwippo
kwippo

Why dub when you can use subtitles??

Vor 3 Tage
OblivionMike
OblivionMike

Children are resilient wherever you put them, or whichever situation they might put themselves into, in an outburst of naivety. What's not a constant is enough humanity and decent journalism like this.

Vor 3 Tage
Fail Zero USA 1776
Fail Zero USA 1776

I was young once, I didn't run away from home, I didn't join a gang let alone a global terrorist network. I guess we grew up different, I grew up in a rough city, and this girl grew up with more than I could of ever had. I know what hardship is, so why would I go to one worse? Spoiled kids, everyone gangsta until the US airstrikes starts.

Vor 4 Tage
Fail Zero USA 1776
Fail Zero USA 1776

Here in America, I'm wondering if I should put ketchup on my fries. Not wondering when a military airstrike is going to vaporize me.

Vor 4 Tage
Aeryone
Aeryone

This is so sad, I think she is traumatized and trauma bonded with this man. She should have left when she was feeling disgusted.

Vor 4 Tage
kasa
kasa

Thumbnail is freaking scary :D

Vor 5 Tage
alex smith
alex smith

Can’t believe that there are people sympathising the girl. She knew exactly what she was getting into and did not remorse her actions

Vor 5 Tage
Madeleine G
Madeleine G

Oh. My. God. Lemke leaving her Dad a voicemail "I have no problem serving my jail time in Germany." ... Yo, my dude, that ship sailed when you literally joined IS. What in the actual delusion...

Vor 6 Tage
HangMan002
HangMan002

Watch Kalifat on Netflix. Thank me later.

Vor 7 Tage
1 guy
1 guy

He played both role very perfect .as Father and also intelligent nationalist!

Vor 7 Tage
Ryan
Ryan

her nose is messed up

Vor 11 Tage
Cosmic -Pilot6
Cosmic -Pilot6

That poor dad, it breaks my heart to see how much his brat of a child made him go through for such selfish reasons.

Vor 12 Tage
Food Delivery On Bike
Food Delivery On Bike

Like all of them, they ran away when they lost. Just like a cowards

Vor 13 Tage
KP
KP

Poor father!

Vor 13 Tage
Destin Omura
Destin Omura

Disgusting girl... she’s old enough to know.... know everything.........

Vor 13 Tage
19BEIT3OO6O-Samarth Mistry
19BEIT3OO6O-Samarth Mistry

That man got bloody great power to speak in front of ISIS. Can you please for tell us that happen to Leonara after in Germany. Does Leonara have any social media account?

Vor 15 Tage
Acer Acer
Acer Acer

It is baffling how people can be so brain washed ... I do believe you need to look after your own as cultures and religions do not mix well. They just don’t. People wonder why racism exists.. the people who are most religious are hypocritical and brain washed. Believe your own thoughts that seem reasonable and not what people tell you or a book that was written by man. Stupid and biggest con of all time. It exists but putting fear in people is not godly.

Vor 16 Tage
Ilvie Wittek
Ilvie Wittek

Gott gibt einem nur so viel zu tragen , wie man kann . Tapferer Mann!!

Vor 16 Tage
Ahmed Zaxoy
Ahmed Zaxoy

2020 what happened to her now????

Vor 18 Tage
Ahmed Zaxoy
Ahmed Zaxoy

DW Documentary hello, wow thank you for answering me and thank you for making this document, I was really interested to leonora story and about your hard work thank you for giving me her last news and information it was really kind and amazing that you answered me 😍 best documentary channel in the world 👏🏻👏🏻

Vor 17 Tage
DW Documentary
DW Documentary

Hi @Ahmed Zaxoy, The latest update we have is from July this year. At that time, according to the German broadcaster NDR, Leonora was still in the al-Hawl detention center in Syria with her two children. Her family has successfully taken legal action to have Leonora and the children brought back to Germany. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic it is not clear when and under which circumstances their return can take place. It is also unclear whether Leonora will be taken into custody upon her return. Best, The DW Documentary Team

Vor 17 Tage
Lashes&Lipgloss !!
Lashes&Lipgloss !!

That girl was old news when her father got married. She wanted to be feel admired and important again. Poor girl.

Vor 18 Tage
Dawood Sedeqi
Dawood Sedeqi

Extremism is in the hand of the USA. a source of the power and money for the USA .

Vor 18 Tage
Tyson Alba
Tyson Alba

i bet he said she was better dead than that wathever it is she has become..

Vor 18 Tage
Alicia Wang
Alicia Wang

Well, those guys taking money from her dad is probably a part of her husband’s team or plan. Each time Leonora asks dad to take her, her husband is making easy money.

Vor 18 Tage
Alicia Wang
Alicia Wang

Can’t his dad file the guy for kidnapping his daughter? As Germany is in EU, the guy should be banned from entering Europe legally.

Vor 18 Tage
Alicia Wang
Alicia Wang

I don’t get it. How can a fifteen-year-old leave her country without a signed parent consent. So perhaps, she wore the head cover and used fake passports. Germany is much better than Syria to live in. Doesn’t she see news about Syria before? So sad for her dad

Vor 18 Tage
TANGANEDZANI Mamagau
TANGANEDZANI Mamagau

We have alot of fools in this world, how do you get convinced to go and join the terrorists while you have everything and comfort in your home

Vor 21 Tag
Rosetta Stoned
Rosetta Stoned

The way she smiled all the way in the interview just gave me shivers. The way she treated her family is just disgusting. She saw people being executed and didn't even think it was wrong. Traumatized or not, I have no sympathy to her what's or ever. She's a walking brainwashed time bomb and a danger to herself and society. She's not the same person, but a brainless selfish something.

Vor 23 Tage
E P
E P

What was that song she was singing?

Vor 24 Tage
Huang Huicin
Huang Huicin

Foolish girl

Vor 25 Tage
Carol Falcão
Carol Falcão

I'm so sorry for her dad, heartbreaking. Such a dedicated and reasonable man. I hope his grandchildren can make better choices than his daughter and that he can have a good relationship with them.

Vor 25 Tage
L3ndzo83
L3ndzo83

the official wedding photo got me, they looked so happy one of those days we will again have to fix Europe for missbehaving of the west u can thank auntie merkel

Vor 26 Tage
abelucious
abelucious

You can thank Obama and most European countries for sending weapons and money to the Wahhabi terrorists in Syria and calling them rebels, the western governments created and unleashed Wahhabi terrorism with the help of Saudi Arabia and Turkey so they can use them as proxies to overthrow governments,

Vor 27 Tage
kúrú kıırú
kúrú kıırú

Thank you so much DW documentary team for great job

Vor 27 Tage
Enayalator
Enayalator

Please stop bringing up Islam when it comes to the Middle East like we don’t associate christians with the west please please stop you are bringing ignorance

Vor 27 Tage
Sabrina Stratton
Sabrina Stratton

everyone knew ISIS was bad. They made no secret of it. If she chose to go there, leave her there but pull the kids out, before they get indoctrinated

Vor 28 Tage
yohannes abera
yohannes abera

I am so sorry Mr. Messing, No father should ever have to go through the same crises that you have been through. I am sorry to say, but your daughter is a lost cause. You deserve better. You have been gifted with a new born, a girl, to show you what you actually deserve. I hope she's forgiven, specially by herself. You seem like a great person. Don't blame yourself for anything. She came to the point where she realised that the decision she mad was bad for her, only because she and her fate had lost. But if it was vice versa, imagine, many innocent people would have still been suffering and she would have been part of it. As a father, I can imagine how hard it could be to not care about your daughter anymore, but Germany Should Not Take Her Back. She Deserves To Suffer For What She Has Done To You and Her PRIVILEGE. There are people drowning in oceans and suffering in other parts of the world, and she chose to be part of the cause of the suffering for the many. She Deserves To Suffer For Her Deed.

Vor 28 Tage
dimxh nb
dimxh nb

isis and Islam are two different things one made by america to promote terrorism in the middle East and there is islam the religion of peace period

Vor 29 Tage
free man Zak
free man Zak

This gentleman is an absaloutly angel

Vor 29 Tage
free man Zak
free man Zak

What a father many would have washed there hands of .things a parents would do for there kids

Vor 29 Tage
mshetz
mshetz

Heartbreaking

Vor Monat
Justine D.
Justine D.

his daughter is so evil to do that to him!!! He's such a nice guy :(

Vor Monat
mihanich
mihanich

How can one join a sadistic terrorist sect known for its extremely gore and inhumane actions is beyond me. Not to mention the betrayal of one's own heritage.

Vor Monat
Leticia Regan
Leticia Regan

Befuddled. That’s the word that comes to mind.

Vor Monat
Mia Pratt
Mia Pratt

That’s a HARD 19. She looks old as hell

Vor Monat
gabe 25
gabe 25

She didn’t mature a bit beyond the 15-year old schoolgirl she was when she left. A part of me felt badly for her, because we all know teenagers can make really reckless decisions and are unable to fully understand the consequences. But when she laughed at the current picture of her father, saying how old and thin he’d gotten, acknowledging that it was probably due to worry over her, I lost every bit of sympathy I had for her. Every drop of it, gone. I hope one day she came to her senses. For the sake of her family, but mostly for the children being raised by her.

Vor Monat
Arnab Sharma
Arnab Sharma

Ohhh, and all this while I was hoping she we returns to Germany in the end. Woman isn't even back yet

Vor Monat
Arnab Sharma
Arnab Sharma

@DW Documentary Ohh thats a breather. Thank you for updating

Vor Monat
DW Documentary
DW Documentary

Hi @Arnab Sharma, The latest update we have is from July this year -- according to the German broadcaster NDR, Leonora is still in the al-Hawl detention center in Syria with her two children. Her family has successfully taken legal action to have Leonora and the children brought back to Germany. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic it is not clear when and under which circumstances their return can take place. It is also unclear whether Leonora will be taken into custody upon her return. Best, The DW Documentary Team

Vor Monat
Endelecio
Endelecio

She looks scary , the nun , black lady in horror movies same as her personality. I only feel sorry for her father , a nice person 😔

Vor Monat
Vikram Deshpande
Vikram Deshpande

This girl shamelessly contacting her infidel father for help. Sad... Suggestion is don't accept her.

Vor Monat
jen concha
jen concha

that stupid girl makes her dad crazy

Vor Monat
Gaius Caligula
Gaius Caligula

Interesting to see how the German government doesn't persecute the family's of those who have relatives that were tricked by ISIS, not like in the UK where they throw them in jail for doing what this guy did, the Letts and Begum families for instance. Not only do they not help the worried parents they strip their children of Citizenship so they can't even come home if they do escape. These people aren't threats to the country, they should be seen as assets the government can use to counter Salafism and the Islamic State as they almost universally condemn the organisation and have first hand knowledge of the crimes that were committed.

Vor Monat
Mr Watto
Mr Watto

Anyone returning from a war zone where they went voluntarily, should be banned from leaving that place, passports be confiscated & if they ever did return, be put in jail for treason.

Vor Monat
Gaius Caligula
Gaius Caligula

Germans have a historical attachment to authoritarian regimes which marginalise and murder others on an industrial scale so it's not really that surprising.

Vor Monat
Nikhil gunaware
Nikhil gunaware

His daughter is gone mad by four years and she ==========================

Vor Monat
Sully Velasquez
Sully Velasquez

She is totally traumatised. Poor children. Poor dad. Her husband is just disgusting.

Vor Monat
bane banely
bane banely

Does anyone know how exactly the attempt to get her out failed? How did the husband find out?

Vor Monat
Mommy Harris
Mommy Harris

And thank you President Trump!

Vor Monat
María Sánchez
María Sánchez

Just as human Traffic Men Make Young Woman Fall in Love with them and convince them to get married and Live at Siria. The Rest of the Story seems to be nightmare.

Vor Monat
magda7709
magda7709

She can be very stupid or very smart...

Vor Monat
Always smile
Always smile

Wtf this bitch should be left to rot in that hell, people like her will only harm others life nk matter how you punish her, she is a liabilities to earth, this is not fair. The dad should have let her go and forget her,he is seems like a good man

Vor Monat
Han Zongchang
Han Zongchang

This is scary asf because she looks like the last person to join this kind of group

Vor Monat
Michelle Lowe
Michelle Lowe

15 yr old girls can be great manipulators especially when it is involving their parents,I think that girl was using her dad's feelings of wanting her safe and home to get money for the cause.

Vor Monat
Joseph Pariath
Joseph Pariath

This world was not enough ( for them)!!

Vor Monat
Shrishti Singh
Shrishti Singh

I don't feel any symphty for the daughter but my heart bleeds for the father...he is such a nice man... How can she does that, some people don't deserve parents 🤦

Vor Monat
Karen Burton
Karen Burton

They really played this father's mind for so many years. And his daughter has no remorse. She don't deserve any love. I see nothing but danger all over her. Strange they are busy preparing her home in Germany, wheeew!

Vor Monat
Karen Burton
Karen Burton

When kids are brought up in a family where religion is not a subject, they will quickly get trapped to learn a new religion ideology and fall into it. When you leave an empty space in your child's mind, someone else will fill it.

Vor Monat
Y A
Y A

IS more like BS

Vor Monat
Y A
Y A

When and howwwwww do they brainwash these young girls????

Vor Monat
cherryliene
cherryliene

I understand that everyone in the comment section is mad at her, but she was just a dead stupid child when she decided to leave for Syria.. Anyway, bless her father!

Vor Monat
waleed jamal
waleed jamal

Mike is such a badass love this guy

Vor Monat
waleed jamal
waleed jamal

I really like Mike, I hope things go well for him and he finds some small measure of peace that we all seek, and few of us ever find

Vor Monat
Tashi Dorji
Tashi Dorji

Refugees i can accept .but traitors not allowed .....just leave them be so it can be a example ..

Vor Monat
holla pink
holla pink

So when i am a mother i have to teach my kids the basic things like : brush your teath, eat healthy and DON'T JOIN A TERRORIST GROUP

Vor Monat
Artikelnummer
Artikelnummer

imagine all the Yazidi women and children who could only have dreamt of having such a caring mother and father and live in such a peaceful country, and that spoiled brat threw it all away to go play war in another country and lure her father for more money. makes me sick

Vor Monat
SG
SG

This is one of the best documentaries i've seen.

Vor Monat
The Last Of Matan
The Last Of Matan

Poor man the so-called religion of Islam is pure evil

Vor Monat
Dee Lad
Dee Lad

A lot of underage girls in Europe were lured into the Syrian war. Young men included - The IS pipe piper. Interesting to see Germany took a different approach to Britain.

Vor Monat
King Kong
King Kong

People who betray their country should never be let back in! Children should be taught this rule from a young age so they know the consequence.

Vor Monat
King Kong
King Kong

This what happens when you are not tough on your children - they become useless despite living in 1st world country! If that was my daughter I would've disowned her. If I am raising a child I would make sure that I teach my children explicitly that if they bring disgrace to the family they will be disowned.

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BGivka
BGivka

I see many similarities with losing a child to addiction..

Vor Monat
deputyVH
deputyVH

Well that was a roller coaster of emotions! I feel so sorry for the father. That's worse than any nightmare.

Vor Monat
partyrocker419
partyrocker419

i still cant believe my eyes...........is this for real??

Vor Monat
b b
b b

i lost a brother to Deash!! they believe in "an eye for an eye" just "sorry" isn"t going to cut it!! put her and that pathetic coward husband of hers in a cage and torch them!! they need to feel the pain that all the innocent victims felt suffering that same fate..might as well get used to the feeling of real HELL!!!

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Lord Nelson Mc.Billionberg
Lord Nelson Mc.Billionberg

Ich rufe zu einem heiligen Krieg gegen diese Terroristen auf.

Vor Monat
Maisa Lohay
Maisa Lohay

When she Start saying a3ozoo be allah men alshaitaan I’m like habibti you are the shiatann

Vor Monat
Lorena
Lorena

Anyone knows what happened to Elinora and her children? Where are they now? I understand people get angry at the decisions these young girls/women take but I have to say I am more angry at the terrorists and how they recrute these teens.

Vor Monat
Salam Kala
Salam Kala

I hope they catch her and put her in prison for many years and her children get adopted by her wonderful father

Vor Monat
Salam Kala
Salam Kala

What little evil awww he is such sweet man I’m Muslim and this is not Islam this is evil

Vor Monat
The Grid
The Grid

Question is what did Germany do about all this? People and government both are ignorant about whats happening! This is what Islam can do to every country if its in majority! Learn from it!

Vor Monat
Koko Chanel
Koko Chanel

I am a muslim why I didn’t join the terrorist organization?? It is not about Islam or religion it is a bout thoughts and brain! She had certainly a psychological problem👹

Vor Monat
Mickey Neutron
Mickey Neutron

Never Give up Mike no Beer No Work

Vor Monat
Rahul Shankarwar
Rahul Shankarwar

Good job reporter...

Vor Monat
Sally Fishlock
Sally Fishlock

Wow, amazing story! The father will never be the same. The stress he went through is more than anyone can handle. I can't imagine trying to run a business and be nice to customers/people/employees while all this is going on. The emotional turmoil is just too much to imagine

Vor Monat
Hemanshu Chudasama
Hemanshu Chudasama

Idk man 4:20 that hidden transformation was sacriest thing i have ever seen after long time mannn

Vor Monat
Deepti Nirwal
Deepti Nirwal

Fr🥺

Vor Monat
Shaad Dhillon
Shaad Dhillon

Would ISIS have done all this to welcome back and rehabilitate someone who had left and converted to another religion? Why are most non muslims so accommodating ?

Vor Monat
read Is good
read Is good

Why shuld people there try to rehabilitate she? She is german and is not well come there. Destroying reps of muslims

Vor Monat
Gaby Kapps Composer Maria Gabriella Cappelletti
Gaby Kapps Composer Maria Gabriella Cappelletti

That girl has serious problems. And no longer belongs to her original community. She didn't even consider her father's emotional strain. Nothing.

Vor Monat
ちゃん丹美淡
ちゃん丹美淡

I feel sorry for the father. May they heal.

Vor 2 Monate
George Papadopoulos
George Papadopoulos

my last say is once anointed in a Greek Orthodox Church you can never ever reverse that ,you can never then decide to become muslim or any other faith no matter how much you read that Quran and think you have become muslim you still remain Orthodox

Vor 2 Monate
George Papadopoulos
George Papadopoulos

WOW i have not even watched the rest of the video and their her father said exactly what i was thinking she does not belong there.

Vor 2 Monate

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