U.S. General Kenneth McKenzie, who oversees military action in the Middle East, called on partner countries a few days ago to return their citizens, especially children, held in the overcrowded camp of El-Hol, run by Syrian Democratic Forces.
He warned that without the intervention of the United States, and new efforts in the fight against radicalization on the battlefield, probably children between the ages of 10 and 15 from the camp would be on the battlefield, Avaz news portal reports.
For almost four years, 56 children and 19 women from BiH have been in refugee camps in Syria after the collapse of ISIL in that country.
So far, six women and 12 children have been deported to our country with a group of seven ISIL members.
Tens more children are awaiting deportation and so far they did not know when to return, given the current problem with the coronavirus pandemic. When it comes to men who fought for ISIL, several hundred of them are in captivity.
Among the group with women are several teenagers aged 14 to 16. At the end of last year, Amina Keco, the wife of ISIL member Ibra Cufurovic, but also Medina Delic, Sadzida Dedic, Aida Kobic, Mela Horic and her mother Sabrija Horic were deported to Sarajevo.
After passing all the checks at the Delijas asylum center, they were returned to their families. On the other hand, another 18 women with about 20 children are in two refugee camps, El-Hol and El-Roy.
Some women, such as Adela Dolamic from Tesanj with three children, have been in the El-Hol camp for almost four years. The camp is under the control of the Syrian forces, but also the allies of the Kurds, who, as we were told unofficially, are taking revenge on the women, who are mostly widows.
Some are subjected to inhumane treatment and are subjected to psychological torture. Two months ago, one citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina died at the camp, leaving behind a six-year-old boy.
Alema Dolamic, sister of Adela, explained to Avaz that the situation in the camp is getting worse every day. As she says, she was warned that their mobile phones and contact with the family were forbidden.
“My appeal to the state is to bring them and save those children. The children are not to blame. They could not choose their parents or the place where they will be born, and if they are guilty, let them try them in BiH,” says Dolamic. On the other hand, the BiH Ministry of Security does not yet have new data on deportation.
As Avaz find out, there was talk about that in February, but the pandemic slowed everything down.