Six children of Canadian mother to be repatriated from Syrian detention camp

OTTAWA — Six children, but not their Canadian mother, will be repatriated to Canada from a detention camp in Syria.

Lawyer Lawrence Greenspon, who represents the mother, says Global Affairs Canada is planning the return of the children, who are between the ages of five and 12.

He says the government is working with the Polarization Clinic in Montreal, which supports families affected by radicalization.

Greenspon says the mother is now out of the camp and wants to return to Canada to be with her children.

He has said the federal government has refused to repatriate the woman, whose identity is not public, because officials believe she poses a security risk.

The family is among many foreign nationals in Syrian camps and prisons run by Kurdish forces that reclaimed the war-torn region from the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 9, 2024.

The Canadian Press