Their mother fell pregnant with the girl while in the area of Syria then controlled by the terrorist group IS. The girls’ father was killed in 2017 and their mother fled with the girls from Syria to Turkey where she is now serving a 10-year prison sentence for terrorism.
The girls’ grandmother has travelled a number of times to Turkey to visit and look after the girls. She attempted to get them brought to Belgium. However, this proved difficult as they were born in Syria and as such don’t have Belgian birth certificates or identity documents.
Now the relevant paperwork has been provided the two children will be accompanied on a flight to Belgium where they will be brought to a juvenile judge who will decide whether or not the girls will be allowed to be brought up by their grandmother. He could also rule that they be sent to a children’s’ home or to foster parents.