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T&T authorities have asked international agencies which have relationships with Iraq to obtain information on the young children of three T&T women currently jailed in Iraq for association with the Islamic State (Isis).
This was confirmed by Government officials last week.
The children belong to the granddaughters of Rio Claro Imam Nazim Mohammed. He had been among insurgents in the 1990 failed coup in T&T by the Jamaat Al Muslimeen.
Mohammed’s daughter Anisa, 53 and her husband Daoud, 56 and their daughters, age 23 to 32, had migrated in 2015 to Syria, a conflict zone where Isis operated.
The family was detained by Iraqi authorities last August as Isis’s ranks began crumbling to international assault.
Anisa Mohammed and her daughters Sabirah Kumar, Azizah Mohammed and Aiydah Waheed-Hasib were detained with other females and were held separately to men who were detained.
Mohammed said Sabirah was married to a Guyanese man—Ali Kumar —who was detained separately. He said she had a girl of six and boy of two. They had been born in T&T, he added
Mohammed said Azizah and Aiydah were married to two “T&T-born brothers” and they also had three and two children respectively. But he had never seen those children who he said had been born in Syria.
“Altogether they may have seven or about eight children, most of whom I’ve never seen,” Mohammed added.
Mohammed said there was no word on the husbands of Azizah and Aiydah, nor on their father Daoud, who was expected to have faced trial this month. Mohammed said he felt he “might have been executed” already.
Mohammed, who spoke to Sabirah by phone last week, said he wasn’t begging, but hoped Government could use representatives in England and South Africa to help to get his daughter, granddaughters, and great-grands back home. “As T&T nationals they have rights, regardless of anything they may have done and they’re entitled to representation while in a foreign country,”
Checks by the T&T Guardian with authorities in Government confirmed T&T has no diplomatic relations with Iraq nor is there any facility for exchange or prisoners or deportees.
However, Government officials said the State has been following up the issue of the children involved in the family’s situation and a request had been made a while back to international agencies which liaise with the Iraqi government to obtain information on the young children associated with those jailed. The matter has been in train some time.
Mohammed said Sabirah said they were “ok” when he spoke to them by phone for ten minutes last week. “She wasn’t aware her sisters got 20 years (jail) also because they are housed separate. But they asked me to try and get help to get them out as people (detained) in their prison who were from Canada and other places were getting help from their Governments to get out. While they haven’t been tortured or anything like that, I feel Government should help.”
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