Germany has repatriated “a large proportion” of the children of jihadists

After the return of 27 children of jihadists from Syria, Germany has now carried out the repatriation.a large partof these children, an announcement welcomed by NGOs, while France in particular maintains a restrictive policy.

«These 27 children are ultimately victims of IS“, the group “Islamic State”, emphasized the Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, who announced the fifth repatriation operation carried out in the night from Wednesday to Thursday “under extremely difficult conditionsfrom the Roj camp in Kurdish-controlled north-eastern Syria to Frankfurt. “They have the right to a better future, far removed from the murderous ideology (IS) and to a secure life that we wish for our own children.“, she added.

From now on, “The majority of German childrenPeople living in the overcrowded and unsanitary Roj camp have been able to reach Germany, she said, three years after the first operation of this kind.”There are only a few special cases for which we continue to work on individual solutions.‘ added the Environment Minister.

“Very encouraging”

In addition to the 27 children, 10 women who had joined IS were also brought back to Germany. Four of them were arrested as soon as they got off the plane. One of them is specifically suspected of crimes against humanity for forcing into slavery a woman from the Yazidi Kurdophone minority in Mosul, Iraq. “This is very encouraging and I hope it will set an example for other countriessaid Sonia Khush, an expert on Syria within the NGO Save the Children. “Children have to go home“, according to her.

In total, the German authorities, particularly supported by the Americans and the Kurdish authorities in north-eastern Syria, have returned 91 people since 2019, most of them children (69). Germany has repeatedly been sentenced by courts to deport the wives and children of jihadists. Tens of thousands of displaced people languish in the Roj and Al-Hol camps, also in northeastern Syria, guarded by Kurdish forces. According to Save the Children, 7,300 minors from 60 different countries live there along with 18,000 young Iraqis. According to Save the Children, 74 children died in Al-Hol camp last year, eight of whom were killed.

200 French children

On March 23, the NGO made a new appeal to governments to repatriate these children. “But instead of bringing them home, governments deny responsibility», Selon Sonia Khush. ,The mothers are stripped of their citizenship and they (the governments) force them to make an impossible choice: either they remain in these camps with their children, or they let their children go home alone and never see them again.“, according to her. According to French psychiatrist Serge Hefez, about 200 French children are also detained in these Kurdish-controlled camps, 90% of whom are under the age of 12.

The French government refuses to repatriate the adults, men and women, who have joined ISIS as it believes they pose a threat to the safety of the French people and wants them to be prosecuted for the acts they have committed be brought to justice on the spot. However, 35 children were repatriated, mostly orphans and those whose mothers, often widowed, had agreed to separate. Last month, several NGOs, including the League for Human Rights and Amnesty International, launched a new “alarm call” on the “danger of deaththreatening these French children, some of whom have been imprisoned since 2017.

«Everything speaks for their repatriation: appalling (living) conditions, inhuman and degrading treatment“inflicted upon these children who”didn’t choose to leave, it’s their parents’ choicePatrick Baudouin, Honorary President of the International Federation for Human Rights, had insisted. On December 14, a 28-year-old French woman with diabetes died, leaving a 6-year-old orphaned.

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