Tuesday, February 23, 2021

French women on hunger strike to protest against being returned from Syria


Ten French women, who are being held in camps in the areas controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in northeastern Syria, have started a hunger strike to protest the refusal of the French authorities to return them with their children from Syria.

The two lawyers, Marie Dosay and Ludovic Riviere, said in a statement that women have no choice but to go on hunger strike, after years of waiting, and there is no possibility of their prosecution, according to Agence France-Presse.

The two attorneys who consulted some of these women added that the striking women explained in audio messages sent to their relatives that they “could no longer bear watching their children suffer.”

About 80 French women who joined the “Islamic State” organization, along with 200 children, are being held in camps in north-eastern Syria run by the “Qasd”.

The two lawyers said that “leaving women in these camps, while the Kurdish authorities have been urging France for years to return them, is irresponsible and inhuman.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which works in the al-Hol and Roj camps in northeastern Syria, says that children suffer from malnutrition and severe respiratory diseases during the winter.

The United Nations is concerned

On February 9, UN human rights experts expressed their concern about the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in the “Al-Hol” and “Roj” camps in north-eastern Syria.

The experts sent nominal messages to 57 countries, including Britain, China, France and the United States, which are believed to have citizens in the camps, especially in the “Al-Hol” camp, explaining that this camp is the largest camp for internally displaced persons in Syria, according to a statement published by the United Nations, Monday evening 8 From February.

More than 64,000 people, most of them women and children, live in the camps, while detainees who are women and children make up 80%, according to United Nations reports.

In June 2020, the French authorities received ten children, including orphans and children whose French mothers agreed to separate from them.

The issue of children residing in camps in northeastern Syria is considered a controversial issue in European countries, as these countries fear that children will grow up and join the ranks of “terrorist” organizations.

The local Kurdish forces also refuse to try them on Syrian soil, demanding that they be sent to the countries from which they came and to be tried on their lands.

The population of the camp is estimated at about 70,000, most of whom are displaced persons and families of ISIS fighters, including about 3,500 children who do not have birth documents.





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