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The baby of the British, who went to the IG in 2015, died in Syria. His mother asked the authorities to help her return home.

This is the third child who was lost by a 19-year-old girl on the former territory of the “caliphate”.

Shamim Begum in an interview with the BBC

The British woman gave birth to a son a few days before she was deprived of her citizenship, so he automatically received him. British Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who sharply opposed Begum’s return, explained that her son has the right to citizenship.

Native girls in the UK called for help to return the child from Syria, pointing out that he might die there. Despite the public outcry, the authorities reacted sparingly to these requests. “Unfortunately, there are still many children there, apparently innocent, born in a combat zone,” Javid commented on the death of the baby.

BBC reporter Daniel Sanford, specializing in the work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Great Britain, explained that the government was able to help evacuate the child, but this is fraught with “political difficulties.”

The position of the government that these people cannot be evacuated from the camps, as it is too dangerous, is not entirely accurate, since journalists are relatively safe to get to these camps.

[The authorities], given the political will, cooperating with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, should be able to go and get people from these camps.

Daniel sanford
correspondent for the BBC, specializing in the work of the Ministry of Interior of Great Britain

Former head of the London police and family friend Begum Dal Babu said that the death of a child could have been avoided if the UK immigration control department had responded to the call for help from relatives. Instead, the department responded to their native Begum that their request should be addressed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “The Interior Ministry did not try to help. I am shocked by how the minister reacted to this situation, ”said Babu.

The leaders of the program of repatriation of children from the territories of the IG – Russia

According to the estimates of human rights defenders in 2018, at least 730 children from foreign citizens were born on the former IS, including 566 children from citizens of Western Europe. Despite the fact that all these children are at risk of falling ill and, without proper treatment, dying, most of the countries in the world do not resort to attempts to return them to their homeland.

At the time of writing, the leading position in the program for the return of children from former IG territories is occupied by Russia. Tatiana Lokshina , deputy director of Human Rights Watch for Europe and Central Asia, told that other countries could be involved in the process, but in some cases governments lacked “political will”

Residents of Chechnya expect Russian children returned from Iraq at the airport in Grozny, December 2017. Photo by Said Tsarnaev, RIA Novosti
Residents of Chechnya expect Russian children returned from Iraq at the airport in Grozny, December 2017. Photo by Said Tsarnaev, RIA Novosti

The Russian repatriation program was launched in August 2017 with the filing of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. After criticizing the FSB that the project threatens national security, it was suspended. In December 2018, the program was resumed, and by the beginning of 2019 more than 160 women and children had returned to Russia

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