The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, highlighted on Monday the need to return foreign nationals to refugee camps in northeastern Syria. It is estimated that there are minors of more than 60 nationalities, including many children of jihadist fighters, who have traveled to the Middle East to increase the ranks of the Islamic State.
This Monday, the French authorities announced the repatriation of ten Gaulish children, orphans and “humanitarian cases”. These minors were placed under the supervision of social services and subjected to medical examinations.
“I very much appreciate that some countries of origin have started to repatriate their compatriots and are more open to the return of children and orphans,” said Bachelet in a statement, “but the fact remains that thousands of people, mostly women and children, can not return to their home countries. “
These “third country nationals” are mainly women and children for whom Bachelet has called for “urgent action” because access to humanitarian aid is restricted and there is a risk of infection by the coronavirus.