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IS sympathizers from Indonesia want to come home amid dire conditions in camp

  • Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, March 29, 2019   /   03:54 pm
IS sympathizers from Indonesia want to come home amid dire conditions in camp A screen grab of Mariam Abdullah an Indonesian who has taken refuge in a camp in Syria. She now wants to return home. (JP/-)

Indonesians taking refuge at the Kurdish-run Al-Hol camp in Al-Hasakah, Syria, are begging to come home because supplies are starting to run out.

Mariam Abdullah, one of about 50 Indonesians in the camp, asked for help so that she and her family can return to Indonesia in a two-minute video posted on Indonesian online news outlet Tirto.id. “We are asking for help so we can return home,” Mariah said as quoted by Tirto.id.

Mariam claimed that she, her husband and four children were from Bandung, West Java.

She said she and her children had fled the village of Baghouz two days prior to the interview with the online news outlet. Mariam told the reporter, Afshin Ismaeli, that her husband, Saifuddin, was missing.

A recent update from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that there were approximately 67,000 internally displaced people who resided in the camp as of March 14. This number is exceeding the original capacity of the camp, which was initially designed to hold 10,000 people.

Due to the unexpected number of incoming arrivals, there has been a shortage of health-care services in the area, which has resulted in the refugees suffering from hypothermia and various communicable diseases. As of March 14, the organization recorded 120 deaths in the camp, in which 80 percent of the casualties are children under 5 years old.

Despite of the camp’s alarming state, many Indonesian netizens showed no sympathy for Mariam as well as the other Indonesians who are suffering the same fate as her.

One Twitter user, @rizamsyafiq, questioned why they joined the Islamic State group in the first place.

“They made a conscious decision to go there, betrayed the nation in the process, and are begging to come home after the Islamic State group lost. I only have one thing to tell them: suck it,” he wrote on his account on Thursday.

Another user, @qlytooq, blatantly told them not to come back to Indonesia.

“Enjoy the paradise that you wanted, don’t ever come back to Indonesia.” he wrote. (dpk)