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Hundreds of unaccompanied children flood Syria camp

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Published on April 10, 2019 with No Comments

Hundreds of unaccompanied children are living in a camp in northeast Syria, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has said.

The children are living without their parents at the al-Hol camp in the Hasakah province, which houses between 80,000 and 100,000 people. “Our top priority at the present moment is to identify the unaccompanied children, to notify the governments that we have found children without parents, and to see whether somewhere from China to Argentina there is family of unaccompanied children to which we can send the kids back,” ICRC President Peter Maurer, who visited the overcrowded camp told media.

Talking of number of children in the camps, Maurer replied: “Certainly hundreds, maybe more.”

Maurer explained that Kurdish local authorities who control the area separate out fleeing ISIL fighters and boys between the ages of 12 and 18, whom they believe were most likely fighters, and put them in detention. Women and children are sent to al-Hol, which is roughly two-thirds children and one-third mothers, he said. It is estimated that about 35,000 people in al-Hol are Syrians, around 35,000 to 40,000 are Iraqis, and the rest, probably around 10,000, are from 30 to 40 nationalities worldwide, Maurer said.

According to a statement by the ICRC chief last month, dozens of children have also died because of the cold and conditions in al-Hol in recent weeks.

 

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