Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Don't Take Your Children to Syria' Appeal to British Women by Mothers Who Fled War Zone Figures Reveal Rise in UK Females Going to Join Islamic State

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Don't Take Your Children to Syria' Appeal to British Women by Mothers Who Fled War Zone Figures Reveal Rise in UK Females Going to Join Islamic State

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

MOTHERS from Syria today issued an emotional plea to British women not to travel to join Islamic State, as new figures showed 56 left for the war-torn country last year.

Counter-terror officers said they were "deeply concerned" at the number of women, young girls and "whole families" travelling to Syria. Today, three refugee mothers who fled their homeland with their families told women in Britain: "Why take your children to a war zone?" The refugees, who arrived in the UK last year, appear in a short film talking about the realities of life in their home country. They have also written open letters urging British mothers to take steps to prevent their daughters travelling to the war zone.

The new figures show an increase in the number of women travelling to Syria. Previous statistics, covering the 12 months between July 2014 and June last year, had shown 43 women had been reported missing.

Helen Ball, senior national co-ordinator for counterterrorism policing in the UK, said: "We are deeply concerned about the number of women, girls and whole families who are making the decision to travel to Syria.

"They are unaware of the dangers they face when they Continued on Pages 6 & 7 'Your children have security and a nice life, why take them to a war zone?' Continued from Page 1 get there and the reality of living in a war-torn country. They are unaware they may not be able to return to their families and they leave behind devastated friends and families."

She added: "The personal accounts of the women in this film highlight the harsh reality of life for women and children living in a war-torn country. I hope they will go some way to helping young women and mothers stop and think about the huge mistake they would be making if they travel.

"This film provides credible voices that describe the realities of the situation in Syria."

Figures released last year showed that police believed 60 British women and girls had travelled to Syria, with most being under the aged of 20.

They include Bethnal Green Academy pupils Shamima Begum and Amira Abase, both 15, and Kadiza Sultana, 16. …

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