Eva Dumani refused to return to Albania for the second time
Today, 5 women and 14 children arrived at Rinas Airport, accompanied by Prime Minister Rama, the Chief of Counter-Terrorism, the Minister of Interior and other officials. After negotiations and the rescue operation, they were taken out of the Hell camp in Syria, where other Albanians are currently being held, and work is underway to get them out of there.
Prime Minister Rama said that two other people have refused to return. He did not mention names, but added that they are hostages and out of fear may even refuse.
But Eva Dumani, whose name was dropped last year after refusing to leave the camp, did not show up at the airport today, while her 11-year-old brother Endri Dumani was repatriated. Despite the letters sent on behalf of the Prime Minister by relatives of Eve, the young woman has not agreed to return.
Her resignation may have come about for reasons that are not yet clear, as a result of blackmail. There are said to be about 60,000 women and children in the infamous ISIS camps, including Albanians. They joined the Islamic State and other groups fighting in Syria and Iraq in early 2010. But women and children, among them men, are forced to stay and be held hostage, otherwise they risk being killed.
The repatriates today are: Brunilda Koçollari from Tirana with her 5 children, Emanuela Vladi from Dibra, mother of 4 children, Ruzhdije Balliu from Librazhd, Lavdie Kaca from Tirana and her 2 children, and Klotilda Zani from Tirana with 3 children. The women and children were sent to Durrës, where they will stay for a few days in quarantine, and then their medical and psychological examination will take place.