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Demands to return French children from Syrian camps to their country

Voices are rising in France calling for the return of the families of the fighters of terrorist organizations in Syria to their countries, especially children, for humanitarian and security motives. ".

These voices emerged recently in a forum organized by the International Federation for Human Rights at the Rhône-Point theater in Paris, and it focuses on about 200 to 300 French children detained in camps in northern Syria.

During the forum, child psychiatrist Serge Heves said he did not understand "how a country like France would allow this situation to continue" when "we know how to treat these problems.

"There is an urgent need to take care and treat them all," said Leila Firo, a psychologist at Avicine Hospital in Bobigny. The doctor, who has treated about 100 children who have returned in recent years from the Iraqi-Syrian region, added that the daily arrests "exacerbate matters for children and adults."

"They are imprisoned children who do not have books, do not go to school, and have no means of entertainment," said one of the women who have grandchildren who are detained in Roj camp in northern Syria. She added that they live in "depressing conditions" and "feel afraid", "to see their tent burned or taken away by a storm" or of “diseases” or because they feel that “war is imminent.”

For years, the relatives of the detainees have been demanding the French government to return the adults and children to be tried in their countries, but Paris refuses to allow the children to return and studies "each case on a case-by-case basis." So far, 35 children, most of them orphans, have been repatriated.

In Europe, Germany, Finland and the Netherlands have all repatriated people, and Denmark and Belgium have announced that they are preparing.