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Skråmos children a step closer to Sweden – can leave the refugee camps

the Kurdish authorities in Iraq have given the go-ahead to bring Mikael Skråmos children to Erbil, the capital of the autonomous kurdish part of Iraq. Now the children in a refugee camp in al-Hol in Syria, as DN reported on the spot.

"Half the road is finished," says a happy, Patricio Gálvez, the children's grandfather, on the phone from Erbil.

" It feels wonderful. It has been a input battle here, but the fight has yielded results.

to the kurdish-iraqi side has granted the authorisation to carry out the seven grandchildren to later take them to Sweden.

– Now, I am waiting for the other side to give their permission.

The government, the syrian side has always said that they want the children to be retrieved from the camps, because they do not want to be there. Therefore, it is believed, Patricio Gálvez that it is the closest to a pro forma.

– The hardest part is over.

On Friday, is the border closed, because it is a public holiday, but the city's elevation and hope to get a go-ahead from the syrian side on Saturday, Sunday or at the latest Monday.

Then he must hire a driver with a minibus or car – or actually two, for the need for a transport inside Syria and another from the border back to Erbil.

– Then, I put the children in a private hospital here to undergo a medical examination. And so should I fix all the cases at the consulate with their id and travel documents.

Patricio Gálvez hope now that all other children in al-Hol and other camps to get the same opportunity.

" this is the fight that I have taken has been not only for my grandchildren, this I do for all the children.

" at the same time my fight opened the eyes of the foreign MINISTRY to think of these orphans and all other children who find themselves in the camps.

in this mode.

" We have long been in close dialogue with the grandfather and other relatives for a long time. It is in the dialogue, the cases are handled, " says Lina Eidmark on the foreign MINISTRY's press service.

– We can not comment on the case in more detail, as it is sensitive. There is also a security aspect.

foreign Minister Margot Wallström has said that Sweden is working ”intensively” to children with a Swedish connection who are in Syria to get help.

”There should be no doubt that the government is doing what we can for these children and if possible, they must be brought to Sweden,” wrote Wallström on Facebook on 12 april.

Read more: Swedish children emaciated in the camp with ICE-prisoners

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