Australian children trapped in Syria should be brought home
There are at least 60 Australians, many of them children and infants, residing in the al-Hawl refugee camp in northern Syria. The miserable conditions (which will only get worse with the onset of harsh winter weather) are made more menacing because of the constant threat of violence and the armed conflict nearby.
Most, if not all, are pleading for their government to bring them home.
“These are Australian citizens just like 25 million others. And we have a duty of care towards them”, says ICV President Mohamed Mohideen.
Regardless of what we may feel about the choices some of these women made, no one with a heart could possibly hold babies and young children responsible for their dire predicament.
We agree with Minister Dutton’s sentiments that Australian personnel should not recklessly be placed in harm’s way but don’t agree that removing vulnerable children from this perilous situation does so. Other governments appear to be extracting their citizens from the camp without much fuss.
Australia is not only failing its obligations to its most vulnerable citizens, but it is not fulfilling its international obligations.
“It is unreasonable and unfair to expect foreign entities to alone carry the responsibility for dealing with this humanitarian crisis in Syria, especially when Australia has the means to repatriate its own citizens”, lamented Mr Mohideen.
The ICV calls upon the Australian Government to take immediate action to bring these Australians home.
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Adel Salman 0421 059 095