The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has conducted an inventory regarding Moroccan women and children who are reportedly living inside “Al-Hawl” and “Roj” camps in Syria, in the prospect of bringing these Moroccan nationals home within the next few days, in the same way several countries relocated their citizens.
This inventory was warmly welcomed by most human rights activists in Morocco, Hespress sources revealed, for women and children inside these camps will be given the chance to finally come back home after years of suffering.
Moroccan women (inside the camps) have been handed forms in order to provide their personal information and that of their families, as well as their phone numbers or any other means making contact possible, Hespress indicated.
Morocco’s legal representative of the coordinating committee for detainees in Syria and Iraq, Abdelaziz Bekkali, stated that UNICEF’s procedure in this regard is the first step towards resolving the issue at hand; however, most women inside the camps fear that the deportation procedures will take longer than expected.
“The women and children can wait no more… for they all want to be included within the first deportation lists, fearing that those deported next may remain on hold for a significant amount of time”, El Bekkali added.
Official data revealed that two hundred and eighty Moroccan women, along with more than three hundred and ninety children, are currently undergoing the worst of circumstances within the Middle East’s most prominent hotbeds of tension.
UNICEF’s estimations stipulate that the number of foreign children in Syria goes beyond 28.000 (from over 60 different countries), 20.000 of whom are Iraqis, deemed unable to make it out of IDP camps in north-eastern Syria.
“Over 80 percent of these children are under the age of 12, while half of them are under the age of five”, UNICEF reported, claiming that an estimated 250 young boys, aged nine or less, currently live under detention…”.
“The actual numbers are likely to be much higher”, UNICEF concluded.