The Mail & Guardian reports on South African woman Khatija who has been held captive in a detention camp by Kurdish authorities in Syria since November 2018 and is pleading with the South African government to repatriate her, after a failed repatriation in 2021 due to a diplomatic error.
“Please, we are only women and children. We are sickly, please bring us home,” said Khatija.
“The saddest moment for me was watching the faces of the children when they were told that we are not going home. It was cancelled. They were astounded as they had seen others walk from their tents and not come back and we were returning. The children have stopped asking when we are going home.”