Headline, June 06 2019/ ''' '' REJECTING -ISIS- CHILDREN? '' '''


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WESTERN GOVERNMENTS : Many governments refuse to repatriate children-students from squalid camps in Syria.

As about 900 children languish in fetid, disease-ridden detainment camps in northeastern Syria, the Western countries their parents hail from have insisted they cannot take the children back.

But last month when a 7-year old French girl was on the verge of dying without urgent medical care, France sent a medical jet and flew her to Paris for treatment, leaving behind her mother, two brothers and twin sister.

The repatriation of the girl, Taymia, was the rare exception, but proof, rights advocates said, that countries can take their children back when they want to.

''We have seen incredible hardheartedness when it comes to the responses of the government such as France that talk the talk about human rights,'' said Letta Taylor, a senior counterterrorism researcher at Human Rights Watch :

'' If France could take one child out, why couldn't it take the entire family?''

Human rights groups say, leaving the children in Syria threatens their mental and physical health and risks their indoctrination.

Thee children lack education and adequate health care, and there are often shortages of food and clean water. Infection diseases are rampant, killing dozens of people a month.

There are increasing fears of the coronavirus, but there have been no confirmed cases, because there has been no testing, according to the International Crisis Group.

Some children have lived in the camps for years, and at least time nine children of European parents have died of preventable causes in recent years, according to Yasmine Ahmed, executive director of  Rights and Security International, an advocacy group.

Some countries have taken many of their children back. Russia, Kosovo, Turkey, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have repatriated more than 100 women and children each.

But most Western governments have been reluctant to do so, citing obstacles like the difficulty of confirming parentage, the danger of sending diplomats into a war zone and not wanting to separate children from their mothers, whom the countries mostly do not want back.

When the Islamic State seized territory of the size of Britain that spanned the Syria-Iraq border in 2014, declaring it an Islamic caliphate, tens of thousands of adherents flocked there from around the world, including many Westerners who took children with them or gave birth after they arrived.

Taymia's mother asked relatives in France to help her and her children come home, but the government refused. As Taymia, who has a double heart defect, grew weak and emaciated, lawyers and human rights groups took up her cause.

''She was dying,'' her mother said in a recent phone interview from the camp.

In April, by which point Taymia was struggling to breathe and had swollen hands and feet, the French government permitted her to come home. Her mother, recognizing that her choice to join the Islamic State meant that the French authorities did not want her back, gave up custody of her daughter so she could leave.

''I was happy and sad at the same time,'' her mother said. ''I knew she was finally going to get treatment, but I also knew that it would be a long time before I could hold her in my arms again.''

Children advocates said that France's extraction of Taymia in the midst of global pandemic when many borders were shut and air travel restricted showed that where there's a will there's a way.

''Why is that one child can be separated and not another?'' asked Veronique Roy-Burin, a spokeswoman for an association of families that campaigns for the repatriation of French Jihadist families. ''Does he have to be near death?''

A French official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said France was working to repatriate as many children as possible.

Last year, as the United States commemorated the 18th anniversary of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks, a group of leading national security experts warned in an open letter that life in the Syria camps ''fuels the Salafi-Jihadist narrative of grievances and revenge that has proven so patent in recruiting followers.''

Leaving so many people there, the experts said, risked allowing history to repeat itself. ''The kids are going to be worse than their fathers,'' Taymia's mother said, ''I don't want them to grow up there.''

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