Four German children born to ISIS to return home from Syria

Orient Net 2019-08-20 05:59:00

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Four German children fathered by ISIS militiamen, including an ill toddler, were handed over to Germany on Monday (August 19) by Kurdish-led administration, Germany’s foreign minister said.

The children had been held in detention camps in Syria alongside over 70,000 women and children, many of them foreigners, who emerged from the last ISIS-controlled territories in Syria.

Two of the German children are orphans, while a third, who is six months old, is ill. Her mother gave permission for her handover to German authorities.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters in Berlin it was “very gratifying” that the four children were no longer in Syria.

“We will continue to work so further children can leave Syria. They are mainly small children and their accommodation there is anything but ideal,” he said.

“In the end, they can’t be held responsible for the actions of their parents,” he added.

Germany is the latest European country to repatriate children born to ISIS militiamen. Germany has repatriated some children of convicted ISIS militiamen in Iraq, but this was the first time it brought home children still held in Syria.

“In each individual case there will be difficult questions to answer, such as the identification, but also organizing their departure,” Maas said.

Based on AP