A British youngster left orphaned by the collapse of the Islamic State caliphate has been repatriated from Syria, the International Workplace has mentioned.
The kid is known to be the primary to have returned to the UK from Syria since November, when a small variety of different unaccompanied British youngsters had been repatriated.
No particulars of the kid’s id might be reported. Save the Youngsters had been caring for the kid at a care centre in a Kurdish-run camp in north-east Syria. The centre homes tens of 1000’s displaced by the civil warfare, a spokeswoman for the charity mentioned.
Dominic Raab, the international secretary, introduced the repatriation on Twitter on Wednesday morning. “As I’ve mentioned beforehand, we assess every case rigorously,” Raab mentioned. “Safely facilitating the return of orphans or unaccompanied British youngsters, the place attainable, is the suitable factor to do.”
Happy we have now been capable of carry house a British youngster from Syria. As I’ve mentioned beforehand, we assess every case rigorously. Safely facilitating the return of orphans or unaccompanied British youngsters, the place attainable, is the suitable factor to do.
— Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) September 16, 2020
In a subsequent assertion issued by the International Workplace, Raab mentioned his division will “take the mandatory and safe steps” to carry unaccompanied British youngsters again from Syria. “These are youngsters who’ve skilled the worst horrors of warfare,” he added.
The kid’s mom, who additionally can’t be recognized for authorized causes, had left Britain for Syria to align herself with Islamic State, the PA information company reported. Her whereabouts are unknown.
The kid’s repatriation comes despite disquiet inside the House Workplace on the return of youngsters final yr. On the time, a House Workplace supply instructed the Guardian the division felt there have been “reliable safety issues” concerning the return of orphans from Syria.
“Returnees, even youngsters, are a safety danger,” the supply mentioned. “Our view is that repatriations can solely be checked out on a case-by-case foundation.”
Orlaith Minogue, from Save the Youngsters, a lot of the estimated 43,000 youngsters in al-Hawl north-east Syria’s largest displacement camp, had been underneath the age of 12, and that half had been underneath the age of 5.
She mentioned it was unclear whether or not there have been extra unaccompanied British orphans but to be returned to the UK, however that it was clear the UK authorities was ready to do the whole lot it may to repatriate such youngsters.
Minogue mentioned nearly all of British youngsters nonetheless dwelling within the camps – as many as 60 – remained with their moms, whom the British authorities had been refusing to repatriate. Syrian-Kurdish authorities have beforehand indicated they’d be unlikely to permit households to be separated r to permit such youngsters to return house alone.
“These youngsters additionally must be introduced again house to the UK,” Minogue mentioned.