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UN: Countries Must Bring Back Children and Women From is Fighters

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The United Nations urges countries to pick up their countrymen who are trapped in camps in Kurdish-controlled northeastern Syria.


These are mainly children and women of fallen or imprisoned fighters of the radical Islamic IS. Among them are also Dutch.

The so-called UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, points to the plight in the overcrowded camps. She also fears additional problems due to the coronavirus.

The call comes a day after reports that France has again picked up a group of IS children from Syria. Last year, the French also took two Dutch IS orphans with them.

“But the fact remains that thousands of people, mainly women and children, cannot return to their country of nationality or origin,” said UN envoy Bachelet. This includes nearly 58,000 children from more than sixty countries.

More than 8,000 of these children are not from Syria or neighbouring Iraq. In total, about 90,000 Syrians, Iraqis, and others with suspected family ties to jihadists are trapped in the camps, the UN said.

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