HRW highlights successful adaptation of children of repatriated jihadists

According to the NGO’s report, the vast majority of children of jihadists manage to adapt well to the living conditions of their host country.

The children of jihadists mostly adapt well once repatriated, socializing like young people their age, said Monday, November 21 Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report entitled “My son is just a child like the others”. The NGO interviewed relatives, foster parents, social workers and teachers of around a hundred children aged between two and 17, all of whom returned from the Iraqi-Syrian zone between 2019 and 2022, in the seven countries following: Germany, France, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and Sweden.

It shows that 89% of respondents believe that the child is adapting “very well” or “fairly well”, despite the months spent under the yoke of the Islamic State (IS) organization or in “horror » IDP camps in northeast Syria. Only 4% of these people indicate that the child is in difficulty.

In addition, 73% of respondents say that the child is doing “very well” or “fairly well” in class, despite poor access to education during their captivity. Since 2019, more than 1,500 children have returned, according to HRW. Denmark, Russia or the United States among others have brought back most of their fellow citizens, unlike other countries, including Australia, France or the Netherlands. Support varies by country.

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