Expert fears for the life of Norwegian four-year-old in a Syrian refugee camp

al-Hol, Syria Photo: Human Rights Watch / NTB scanpix

A Norwegian boy (4) who is probably suffering from cystic fibrosis has been in the Syrian refugee camp Al Hol for six months. A Norwegian expert fears for the boy’s life.

An expert statement written by Professor and Research Director at Sunnaas Hospital, Johan K. Stanghelle, states that the four-year-old has been weighed several times at the Norwegian-run field hospital in Al Hol. The boy weighs 11.7 kilos, which is less than an average Norwegian one year old, reports NRK.

The mother (29) of the boy is a Norwegian citizen from Oslo. She traveled to Syria in 2013. She is now under investigation by the Police Security Service (PST). She is suspected of participating in the terrorist group IS, but denies criminal charges.

“Norway has a practical, real, legal and realistic opportunity to bring him home,” says the woman’s lawyer, Nils Christian Nordhus.

Minister of Children and Family Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (KrF) says he hopes the boy will be brought to Norway.

“We have to remember that children are innocent,” he says.

Ropstad does not want to comment on any operations, but points out that it is important to come up with a solution to get the four-year-old home.

Deputy Director Ane Haavardsdatter Lunde in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the Foreign Service is familiar with the child’s situation and for several months has worked so that the boy now receives medical follow-up. In the follow-up, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will assist so that the child is still receiving health care.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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