The boy misplaced in a Syrian “black gap” jail – podcast

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Yusuf Zahab, an Australian teenager, was one in all an estimated 750 youngsters detained in a jail in north-eastern Syria for grownup former Islamic State (IS) fighters. In January this yr, an IS cell attacked the jail, triggering a horrible days-long battle between militants and US troops and their allies.

Bleeding from his accidents, Zahab, 17, survived days as a human defend in a battle that killed an estimated 500 individuals. The final time his household heard from him was when he advised them he noticed a small window to give up safely and was taking it. After that, he vanished.

What Yusuf was doing in a western-funded jail and the thriller surrounding his destiny elevate uncomfortable questions on a bunch of kids that governments within the UK and Australia would favor to want away – the boys left behind after the defeat of IS’s so-called caliphate.

In Sydney, Zahab’s household presume he’s useless, and now spend days and nights on the cellphone to Syrian fixers and the Australian authorities, searching for solutions to a easy query. Hala Zahab offers the household’s first-ever interview to Michael Safi, to ask publicly: What occurred to Yusuf?



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