French woman dies of illness in camp for jihadist women in Syria

Tuesday morning December 14, Maya (first name has been changed) woke up having “Extremely bad”. Sick of diabetes and insulin-dependent, she asked the Kurdish guards of the Roj camp, in which she has been detained since the fall of the caliphate of the Islamic State organization, in February 2019, to be transported to the nearest hospital for there. undergo dialysis.

According to her lawyer, Marie Dosé, upon her arrival at the hospital in the city of Derik, two hours later, Maya lost the use of one leg, then her sight. She died soon after. Her body was repatriated to the camp to be buried there during the day, in the presence of her 6-year-old daughter, Sarah (the first name has been changed), who was entrusted to other French detainees. The father had been killed in the fighting.

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This death is the first of this type concerning a French woman in the Roj camp, reserved for European prisoners. The case of Maya, 28, who left for Syria in 2014, was however well known to the French authorities, regularly informed by Mr.e Dose of the state of health of the young woman. “She has been asking to be repatriated for a long time and we let her die knowingly”, accuses the lawyer.

The latter read, Wednesday, during a press conference in Paris, several of the dozen alarming letters that she sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and to the Elysee Palace over the past two years. All remained unanswered. However, French diplomats, accompanied by members of special forces, went to the camp in January to repatriate seven children presented as orphans. “They passed a few meters from Maya’s tent and let her die there”, s’indigne Me Dose.

Another missed opportunity: in February, the women detainees realized that a list of the sickest women was being drawn up with a view to possible repatriation. Marie Dosé drew the attention of Paris, once again, to “Absolute urgency” to repatriate Maya. In vain.

“France made an orphan”

French policy, concerning the some 80 jihadist women and 200 French children detained in Syria, is that of “case by case”: it consists in repatriating children in small quantities (35 so far), on the assumption that ‘they are orphans, but absolutely refuse any repatriation of adult women.

The United Families Collective, which represents the parents and relatives of these women, campaigns for the repatriation of everyone, women and children. Two of its members were present alongside Mr.e Dosed, Wednesday, to corroborate his testimony. “France made an orphan, lamented the lawyer. I don’t know if she will repatriate her now that her mother is dead. “

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French woman dies of illness in camp for jihadist women in Syria