Ed and Paula Kassig attend a vigil for their son, aid worker Peter Kassig at Butler University October 8, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images/AFP
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Despite having a year to get used to the information, nothing quite prepares you for seeing your friend kneeling in the dust.With a pitiful level of funding but with the hugest of intentions, Kassig was traveling back and forth from Turkey to northern Syria, offering medical supplies and emergency life-saving training to Syrians.I am happy that Kassig is finding comfort in his new faith, as another fellow captive, French journalist Nicolas Henin who was released in April, told the BBC Wednesday. I'm not surprised by his conversion either, for Kassig has always been interested in Islam, and has a spiritual outlook. While many of us tend toward the cynical, and toward seeing the negative, Kassig sees only the best. He believes in the capacity of people to change, and to become better people.
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