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Father's plea to runaway daughter


Safiya Hussien urged her daughter to get in contact

Safiya Hussien urged her daughter to get in contact

Safiya Hussien urged her daughter to get in contact

The father of a missing London girl who is feared to have travelled to Syria has made a desperate plea for her to come home.

Abdirashiid Saciid Dirie has urged his 17-year-old daughter Samya Dirie to return saying "nobody's against you".

She is believed to have left Heathrow with 15 year-old Bristol girl Yusra Hussien nearly two weeks ago.

In an interview with BBC News, Mr Dirie said: "What I'm saying, as a dad, come back. Nobody's against you. It is not true, nobody's going to arrest you. You're a young girl and they know that. The police also know that, they've even said that in the newspaper. You haven't committed any crime.

"Come back safely. That place (Syria) is not good for you. You can carry on your education. I want you to come back, as a father. You are after paradise by going there, but you will achieve paradise by pleasing your parents."

He believes she met the Bristol teenager on the internet and must have been influenced by extremists online.

The police say they want the teenagers to come home and this case is about missing young girls, not a crime.

Miss Dirie, a student from south London, disappeared after telling her parents she was going on an early morning trip with her college.

They then discovered that her passport and money was missing and now believe that she is too scared to come home.

She called a cousin a few days ago and said she is a safe, possibly Turkey.

Mr Dirie said: "She told her she is somewhere far away, and she did not say where she is, she also said she was afraid of the police if she comes back."

Yusra's mother Safiya broke down in tears in an emotional press conference last week as she begged her daughter, who has not been seen since she leaving her family home in Easton, Bristol, for school on September 24, to come home.

She said: "Yusra, I am your mum, I love you. Please, please, please, we miss you, come back.

"I love you so much. All your brothers and your sister miss you so, so much. The house is not the same."

Family friends previously said they believed Yusra, who wears a hijab as part of her faith, had become radicalised on chat rooms and forums online. It is not yet clear how she met the 17-year-old.

Yusra's parents have stressed that nothing has been proven about their daughter's beliefs.

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