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Syria: Child of ISIS member freed from detention camp, heads home to Italy

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
November 07, 2019 at 20:58 GMT +00:00 · Published

An 11-year old Albanian boy who spent five years in a detention camp in northeastern Syria was freed on Wednesday, and is now on his way home to Italy alongside his father, as confirmed by authorities from the Red Cross and Red Crescent on Thursday.

Alvin Berisha was released from the al-Hol camp on Wednesday and was escorted by the Red Crescent from Qamishli to Damascus. There he can be seen being welcomed by members of the Italian Red Cross. He then reached Lebanon before continuing his journey to Rome.

Berisha, who was renamed Yusuf during his time under ISIS control, lived near the northern Italian city of Lecco with his family before being taken to Syria by his mother at the age of six when she joined the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) as a foreign fighter.

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An 11-year old Albanian boy who spent five years in a detention camp in northeastern Syria was freed on Wednesday, and is now on his way home to Italy alongside his father, as confirmed by authorities from the Red Cross and Red Crescent on Thursday.

Alvin Berisha was released from the al-Hol camp on Wednesday and was escorted by the Red Crescent from Qamishli to Damascus. There he can be seen being welcomed by members of the Italian Red Cross. He then reached Lebanon before continuing his journey to Rome.

Berisha, who was renamed Yusuf during his time under ISIS control, lived near the northern Italian city of Lecco with his family before being taken to Syria by his mother at the age of six when she joined the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) as a foreign fighter.

Mandatory credit: Italian Red Cross

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