Place of Birth: New Zealand;
Nationality: New Zealand;
Suhayra Aden was captured with her two children while crossing the border from Syria into Turkey, as she was wanted as an alleged Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist.
Aden travelled to the war-torn country in 2014 on an Australian passport. She was a dual New Zealand-Australian citizen, and had lived in Australia with her family since she was six years old.
But the Australian government cancelled her citizenship last year.
Aden travelled to Syria as a teenager and lived there under Islamic State rule during the brutal war aimed at overthrowing the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
She reportedly married and had three children with two Swedish men, who were both killed in the war. One of her children died of pneumonia.
Aden and her children are among thousands of people, from many parts of the world, who have been detained after escaping from the horrors of war in Syria.
On 26 July 2021, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that Cabinet had agreed to repatriate Aden and her two children back to New Zealand from Turkey on the basis of their status as New Zealand citizens.
Aden and her two children will be the first New Zealanders to be repatriated from Syria allegedly associated with the Islamic State.
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