Libya: Children of IS-affiliated parents await repatriation

29 января 2020 г. 22:10

Five-year-old Hafsa from Nigeria and and six-year old Ammar from Egypt are orphan children parents who had travelled to join the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Libya and were killed during the war. Footage filmed on Monday shows Hafsa and Ammar at the Libyan Red Crescent Reception Center in Misrata, where they have been awaiting repatriation for more than three years now. According Ali Ghweil, the director of Red Crescent Misrata Office, Hafsa and Ammar lost their parents during the Battle of Sirte, between the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the loyalist forces of the Government of National Accord (GNA). «We rescued them and gave first aid then they were given shelter in the red crescent reception center in Misrata in 2016 more than three years ago.» Ghweil said. On January 23, a delegation representing the Tunisian government received six children of Islamic State-affiliated parents from the Libyan authorities in co-ordination with the Libyan Red Crescent in Misrata. Reports say, there remains around 20 thousand orphans of Islamic State-affiliated parents residing in foster homes across Libya, in addition to a number of children living with their mothers in the Air Defence College detention centre in Misrata.

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