American who freed Canadian girl calls on world to repatriate children stranded in Syrian camps


The former U.S. diplomat who freed a 4-year-old Canadian girl from a detention camp in Syria Friday is calling on Canada and other countries to repatriate all of the children still stranded there. Peter Galbraith said he also wants Canada to bring home the girl’s mother. He said he doesn’t believe she was radicalized and the Kurds controlling the ISIS detention camp in northeastern Syria agree with him. At least 23 Canadian children — most of them under the age of six — remain in detention camps in Syria, according to Human Rights Watch. Many are living in al-Roj and al-Hol, where hundreds of adults and children have died from the fighting in the region, or from a lack of medical care or unsanitary conditions, the group said. Galbraith said the children are “completely innocent” and not responsible for what their parents did, or their ties to ISIS.

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