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Rescued children of Sudanese IS members return home

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 01:39

The children of Sudanese Islamic State members who operated in Libya are to be returned to their relatives in Sudan. Report by Pascale Davies.

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These children now have a second chance for a new life. For their Sudanese parents are members of the Islamic State Group. The four boys and four girls, aged between just 10 months old to 9 years were living with their parents who have been fighting in Libya since 2015. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) LEADER OF SUDANESE COMMUNITY IN MISRATA, MOATAZ ABBAS, SAYING: "These children were rescued and brought back to the city of Sirte because their parents were members of Islamic State. We are grateful for our brothers who took part in the Battle for Sirte operation for protecting these children and caring for them until they were taken to Misrata where they were cared for by relevant authorities. They will now be taken back to live in appropriate family conditions with their relatives. The members of the investigation committee were attentive to the fact that these children were not at fault and would have the chance to live with their families until they become constructive youth." Gadaffi's home town - Sirte - was Islamic State's most important base outside the Middle East. The city attracted large numbers of foreign fighters. The Islamist group took over the coastal city in early 2015. And imposed its ultra-hardline rule on residents. But the brutal battle for Sirte, led by Libyan forces and backed by U.S. airstrikes, came to an end when it was recaptured just over six months ago. It's been a long journey for these children. After being placed in a corrective institution to forget their parents teachings, they will now return to their relatives in Sudan.

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Rescued children of Sudanese IS members return home

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 01:39