Children held in Syrian camps for relatives of suspected jihadist fighters may remain stuck there for another 30 years, unless the pace of repatriations accelerates, Save the Children said today. ‘It will take 30 years before foreign children stuck in unsafe camps in North-East Syria can return home if repatriations continue at the current rate,’ it said in a statement. The charity’s call to quicken repatriations coincides with the third anniversary of the final demise of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed caliphate. The massive US-backed Kurdish military operation landed tens of thousands of the jihadist proto-states residents in detention camps, including many foreigners. Save The Children said that 18,000 Iraqi children and 7,300 minors from 60 other countries are stuck in the Kurdish-run Al-Hol and Roj camps, in northeastern Syria.
Children held in Syrian camps for relatives of suspected jihadist fighters may remain there for another 30 years
by Angie Scholtz | Mar 23, 2022