Published: Fri, November 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Syria conflict: British orphans returned to UK

Syria conflict: British orphans returned to UK

Now they prefer to be allowed the privateness and given the give a catch to to come to a conventional life'.

Boris Johnson said: "I think the situation in Syria is very hard and very unsafe and I think it has been a great success that some orphaned children have been brought back".

Mr Raab added: "We have facilitated their return home because it was the right thing to do".

The announcement that Britain would take back at least some children from Syria was welcomed by advocates, although they urged the government to repatriate more.

A children's charity has praised the Government for beginning the repatriation process of British orphans from Syria.

The children have been "handed over to a delegation representing the British foreign ministry", Dr Abdulkarim Omar, the co-chair of the foreign relations commission in north Syria tweeted yesterday, along with a photo of himself with Martin Longden, the UK's special envoy.

"Every child saved is a triumph of compassion in the face of cruelty".

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London-based advocacy group CAGE welcomed the news of the repatriation, stating that they 'hope that the Government will now start to comply with established worldwide law, rather than playing politics with the lives of its citizens'.

In a previous Commons debate in October, former Brexit secretary David Davis said vulnerable British children risked "turning into terrorists" if they were not brought home from Syria.

Nonprofit organizations and experts have warned that thousands of women and children remain stranded in squalid camps, suffering from, and dying of, malnutrition, disease, and in the winter, exposure to the cold.

"(The Government) is transforming the lives of these innocent children who have been through bad things that are far beyond their control", she said.

Raab did not say how many children were returning.

The Foreign Office was asked by the High Court to help them return.

'All are as innocent as those rescued today and our very real fear is that they won't all survive to see the spring.

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