What to do with 68,000 people in Syrian camps including their children? Many of them families of ISIS fighters. Trump had raised the issue some time ago, with no answer, asking countries to take their prisoners who are being held in Syria. It came to a head when the skirmish with Turkey left some camps under questionable control by the Kurds. One can only imagine the state of mind of children held in these conditions with parents who were/are ISIS fighters.
Note from picture: We are the first reporters inside the al-Hol Camp since Turkish military operations began in northeastern Syria last week. Officials say since the conflict began, the camp, which houses 71,000 people, has become “out of control.” Camp officials say in the past week there have been attacks, escape attempts and open calls for a violent uprising in al-Hol Camp in Syria, Oct. 16, 2019.
A bird’s eye perspective of the Al-Hol refugee camp in northeastern Syria in April, 2019.
Drone footage of Al-Hol refugee camp.
GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — United Nations investigators on Thursday called for thousands of children of jihadists who fought for the Islamic State group to be repatriated from Syria.
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report that the children were in a “particularly precarious” situation since they often lacked official papers.
“This, in turn, jeopardizes their rights to a nationality, hinders family reunification processes and puts them at a higher risk of exploitation and abuse,” the report said.
The UN says around 28,000 children of foreign fighters are living in Syrian camps — 20,000 of them from Iraq.
After the collapse of the self-proclaimed caliphate of ISIS last year, foreign fighters from nearly 50 countries were detained in Syria and Iraq.
Many of their relatives are held in the overcrowded Al-Hol camp in northeastern Syria, home to around 68,000 and where more than 500 people — mostly children — died in 2019.
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