Jonas is seven years old. He is the last of the Danish children in the Syrian detention camps, who has yet to receive an offer of repatriation with his mom.
He is severely ill with chronic ear-nose-throat infections and pains from shrapnel stuck in his body from a bomb attack, where he also lost his cousin.
Jonas has been imprisoned in the al-Hol and al-Roj detention camps since March 2019. For every second Jonas remains in the detention camp, the risk of him suffering long-lasting psychological and physical damage – or dying – increases.
JONAS HAS BEEN IMPRISONED FOR
Repatriate the Children - Denmark is a children's rights non-profit organization.
Our non-profit works towards repatriating children with ties to Denmark, who reside in the Kurdish-controlled detention camps in Syria or are in other ways affected as a result of the conflict with the Islamic State.
RTC - Denmark supports and counsels the children and their families before and after their repatriation.
We collaborate with a large number of Danish and international organizations to ensure that governments and relevant authorities live up to humanitarian principles and protect the children's rights.
Our long-term goal is to completely disassemble the detention camps, where over 30,000 children are detained indefinitely under inhumane conditions.
To create the best possible conditions for the rehabilitation of the families, it is of the utmost importance that the authorities focus on the best interests of the child during the entire repatriation process.
In this report, we have compiled the Danish experiences and recommendations based on RTC - Denmark's contact with the families that have been repatriated to Denmark.