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SYRIA: bring British children stuck in appalling conditions back home

We welcome the repatriation of 70 children from North East Syria by Uzbekistan & urge the UK to do the same with British children stuck in camps

LONDON, December 8 – Following the news that the Government of Uzbekistan completed the repatriation of 98 people, including 25 women and 73 children, from displacement camps in North East Syria, Save the Children has issued the following statement.  

Sonia Khush, Save the Children’s Syria Response Director, said:

“This shows that repatriation of foreign children from Syria continues to be possible, when there is the will to make it happen. It is not inevitable that thousands of children, half of whom are under five years old, must spend their childhoods in sprawling and miserable camps in a conflict zone.

Children die and are injured regularly in the camps; just last week, two children died in separate incidents in Al Hol, where adequate medical support is not available. These camps are simply no place for a child to grow up.

Orlaith Minogue, Conflict & Humanitarian Adviser, Save the Children UK, said:

“British children are among those who remain stranded in Syria, going to sleep every night hungry and cold in flimsy tents in appalling winter conditions. It is unjust and unfair that they are being left in this condition, while other countries repatriate their citizens back to safety. The UK government can and must bring them home before winter starts to bite.”


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