Iraq’s Handling of ISIS Families: Experts Call for Modern Rehabilitation Methods Amid Rising Concerns

Iraq's Handling of ISIS Families: Experts Call for Modern Rehabilitation Methods Amid Rising Concerns
Iraq's Handling of ISIS Families: Experts Call for Modern Rehabilitation Methods Amid Rising Concerns

There are growing concerns among experts regarding the approach taken by the Iraqi government towards dealing with the families of ISIS members who have returned and are now residing in al-Jadaa camp. These experts are advocating for the utilization of modern scientific methods to effectively address the underlying extremist ideology present in these individuals.

According to Shahab al-Saffar, a researcher on extremist Islamic groups, the government’s current handling of the issue, using a traditional approach, could potentially harm society.

Large groups of people from al-Hol camp in the Syrian governorate of al-Hasakah near the Iraqi border are being evacuated by the Iraqi government and relocated to al-Jadaa camp in Nineveh. According to a source from Mosul city, many of these families have returned to their homes and successfully reintegrated into society after obtaining judicial authorization.

According to a source, it is concerning when families move straight from al-Hol to Nineveh without going through al-Jadaa camp. This situation also applies to families affiliated with ISIS who are living in Turkey.

The Al-Hol camp provides shelter to thousands of Iraqi refugees, displaced Syrians, and foreigners from 54 different countries. Among them are families of ISIS fighters. However, experts warn that allowing these families to return to liberated areas without undergoing extensive rehabilitation programs poses a significant danger to society.

It is recommended that these families receive intensive courses and rehabilitation before reintegrating into society.

Al-Saffar stressed the significance of handling this group with caution and promoting the use of contemporary approaches to address the extremist ideology embedded within it.

The expert cautioned about possible retaliations against these families by relatives of those who were victimized by ISIS.

New data indicates that the population of al-Hol camp has grown to 49,820 residents, consisting of 24,846 individuals from Iraq and 17,451 from Syria.

In the previous year, the Iraqi authorities returned five groups of people, consisting of 603 families, back to their homeland. These families were relocated to a displacement camp located in the southern area of Mosul city. In this camp, they received support through psychological and social rehabilitation programs that were monitored by the United Nations.

On July 3, the UN Development Program revealed plans to assist displaced Iraqi families from al-Hol camp in returning to their hometowns. This initiative will prioritize the rehabilitation of housing and infrastructure, as well as provide mental health, social psychological support, and training.

According to a statement made by lawmaker Waad Al-Qado to Shafaq News Agency, the handling of ISIS families is being carried out based on an agreement between the Iraqi government and the parties responsible for these families at the al-Hol camp.

According to him, the al-Jadaa camp follows the humanitarian standards set by the Quran and the constitution.

Al-Qado has confirmed that numerous families have departed from the camp and have returned to their regular lives.

Huge portions of areas such as Nineveh, Saladin, parts of Kirkuk, Diyala, and Anbar were taken over by ISIS, leading to more than 5 million Iraqis being displaced from their homes.


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