Children of dead Gothenburg-born Isis member back home in Sweden
The children, aged between one and eight, were left orphaned after their father was <a href="https://www.thelocal.se/20190317/gothenburg-born-islamic-state-fighter-killed-in-syria-mother" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">killed in battle</a> in the Syrian town of Baghouz in March. Their mother was also killed in early 2019.
Their grandfather <a href="https://www.thelocal.se/20190419/swedish-is-fighters-seven-orphaned-children-one-step-closer-to-returning-home" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">fought to return the children to Sweden</a> after their parents' death, and after talks between the Swedish foreign ministry and the <a href="https://www.thelocal.se/20190508/children-of-gothenburg-born-isis-fighter-set-to-return-to-sweden" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">Kurdish al-Hol refugee camp in Syria</a>, where the children stayed before being moved to Iraq, they arrived in Sweden on Wednesday.
Three of the children were born after Skråmo and their mother went to Syria to join militant Islamist group Isis, and the other four were born in Sweden. They were found ill and malnourished in the refugee camp when their grandfather managed to locate them.
"When we landed they yelled 'yay'," he told Swedish broadcaster SVT. "The journey went well and the children were calm."
The seven children will now be brought under the care of the Gothenburg social services.
"We do not comment on individuals for reasons of confidentiality. But I can tell you what would generally happen," social services spokesperson Ing-Marie Larsson told newswire TT.
"When you land without a legal guardian, and you tragically don't have any parents left, the social services then step in and launch an investigation into the needs of these children."
A person who will be legally responsible for ensuring the children are provided for will be appointed by a court, among other things.
"Meanwhile the children's needs for various assistance, such as health care, support calls if they are traumatized and so on, will be looked at," said Larsson.
"We always have the children's best interests and their need for safety in mind."
Around 60-80 children with a Swedish connection <a href="https://www.thelocal.se/20190516/children-of-dead-gothenburg-born-isis-member-back-home-in-sweden" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank"><strong>Read More – Source</strong></a>