In an exclusive interview with Fox48 Charlotte, 25-year-old Samantha Johnston explained why she voluntarily left her three young children at her home in Emerald Isle, North Carolina, to join the Kurdish Peshmerga in the fight against ISIS.
“It was a long and hard process, a lot of praying, but it initially started tugging at my heart back in August,” she said. “That’s when the beheadings started happening, and I decided to dig into the information on what’s going on there.”
Johnston, who served in the U.S. Army from 2008 to 2011, has been in the city of Kirkuk for just over two months. As far as she knows, she’s the only American woman fighting with the Kurds. She recalled her departure from her family.
“It was very hard, there are no words to express what I was feeling at that time,” she said. “My family member drove me to the airport and she kept saying she can stop, that she can turn around, and I wanted her to, but at the same time I knew this was something that was important to me and I knew I needed to come and help in any way, but it was terrible, I hate remembering that trip.”
Johnston’s children, a 5-year old and two 3-year-old twins, are now in the care of her family. The young mother commented on the Obama administration’s handling of ISIS.
“No, the United States is not doing enough, whatsoever,” she said. “We are losing this fight, and we need the support from our government, America, and other western countries.
Asked specifically about the president, she said that she was “Embarrassed. Embarrassed for America. I don’t want to give my opinion on Obama.”