Maldivian family repatriated from conflict area

A Maldivian family who had fled the country to join foreign wars were brought back to the Maldives on Friday.

They are the first family to be repatriated to the Maldives from a conflict zone.

In an announcement by the Home Office on Friday, they said they had brought back a woman and her four children under the age of 18. The ministry did not provide further details.

They work to rehabilitate them before reintroducing them into society.

Further information about the woman and her children has not been revealed in order to keep their identities secret. Children and women who are victims of abuse receive special care and protection under Maldivian law and the various international treaties to which the Maldives is also a party. Therefore, it is legally forbidden to disclose the identity of these people and publicly disseminate information, which would undermine the dignity of these people, the ministry said.

The ministry further stated that it is prioritizing the repatriation of these individuals to the Maldives to ensure that national security is maintained; protect the human rights of Maldivian citizens; and to provide a means of rehabilitating people who have become social outcasts.

The families of these people have asked President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and the relevant government authorities to bring the families concerned back to the Maldives. Finding a solution to the problem is also a presidential commitment of this administration.

People who had participated in foreign wars reintegrated into society without undergoing any sort of rehabilitation program. The government had also tried to solve this problem.

The regulations on the rehabilitation and reintegration of people returning from the war entered into force in January. A center has also been established in Kaafu Himmafushi, to provide religious, social and psychological treatment to women and children who have been victims of wars.

Many Maldivians had left to participate in internal civil wars in countries like Afghanistan and Syria. While some men have died in these conflict-ridden areas, their wives and children remain stuck unable to return.

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