Source: Dubai – Arabic.net
The 21 orphans, including foreigners of different nationalities from France, Dagestan and Egypt, are out of 224 orphan children who are in Al-Hol camp, the largest of the three camps run by the Kurdish self-administration, and houses about 68 thousand people, including thousands of foreigners, women and children from the families of ISIS fighters .
Camp Relations Officer Jaber Syed Mustafa told France Presse that the children were taken to the Roj camp, which also houses the families of foreign extremists, noting that this is due to “better attention to orphaned children in Roj camp where there are specialists” to take care of them, noting that ” The care centers in Al-Hol camp lack many basic services for the child. ”
A French reporter saw children wearing winter clothes and woolen hats as they gathered to take them to Rouge camp, in the north-eastern governorate of Hasaka.
Difficult humanitarian situations
The residents of Al-Hol camp live on limited aid and suffer from a difficult humanitarian situation, especially with the onset of winter. Aid organizations describe the camp’s situation as “catastrophic”.
In 2019 alone, 517 people, including 371 children, including foreigners, died in Al-Hawl camp, according to the Kurdish Red Crescent, in which an AFP official was informed of several causes, most notably malnutrition and lack of health care for newborns.
56% of the camp population is children
Children constitute 65% of the camp’s residents, according to a statement issued by its administration, and among them are 224 orphan children who are distributed in special centers or live in families in it.
Among the 21 children who were transferred “two French orphan children,” a camp official said, noting that they would be extradited to the French state after being transferred to Rouge at the request of Paris.
The camps controlled by the Kurds in north-eastern Syria shelter 12,000 children and women from the families of foreign jihadists, the majority of whom reside in al-Hawl camp.
He refused to take back the citizens
Since declaring the elimination of the “caliphate” of the extremist organization in March, the Kurds have been calling on the countries concerned to return their citizens who are under their custody or to establish an international court to try terrorists. However, most countries, especially European countries, insist that their citizens not be returned.
Several European countries, including France, have only restored a limited number of orphaned children from the children of French extremists. In June, France recovered 12 children, most of whom were orphans.
France estimates that about 450 French are being held or remain in Kurdish displacement camps in Syria.
United Nations investigators this month called for the return of thousands of children of terrorists to the countries of their loved ones because they were “in particular” in “a dangerous situation”.