Kirkuk court decides to hand over three abandoned sisters to their grandmother on conditions

Kirkuk, three sisters were abandoned by their mother, May 22, 2020. Photo: Karwan Salehi

Karwan Salehi- Kirkuk

The three sisters who were abandoned on a street in the city of Kirkuk were given to their grandmother after a month on certain conditions.

The three girls are three, five and six years old, who were found dumped near Kirkuk's house court. They temporarily stayed at the house of Khasa neighborhood commissioner until the court resolved their cases a few days ago.

Yawar Alla Wirdi, the commissioner of Khasa neighborhood, told KirkukNow that, “the course decided to give the children to their grandmother. I, with the presence of police and representatives of some organizations, handed over the children. The children will be given to their grandmother on the conditions that she will bear them permanently, not for a short period of time. Also, a team will visit the children to observe them.

The children stayed at Wirdi house for more than a month. “The children preferred not to leave because I had always been with them and played with them. I did not discriminate betwee them and my children,” Wirdi said.

Wirdi is concerned that majority of the authorities and organizations promised to help the children when they visited them; however, only a person provided 100 dollars to buy clothes for them.


Kirkuk, the three sisters at Wirdi house, May 2020. Photo: KirkukNow

The police investigations have revealed that the parents with their children moved to Turkey five years ago and the mother gave birth to the youngest child there, however, the Turkish government had arrested and repatriated the father to Iraq, who was charged with terrorism law number four for his affiliation with the Islamic State groups (IS).

After his repatriation four years ago, the Iraqi court decided to execute him. Also, the police station in Qoriyah neighborhood in Kirkuk revealed that the mother is 23 years old and it is unknown where she has gone. However, she told her children that she would move back to Turkey.

Nizal Nazm, head of Children Eye Organization, told KirkukNow that, “the court obliged their grandmother to pledge herself that she will bear the children with the presence of witness. I was also appointed to visit the children every month to know their situation.”

Earlier, their grandmother asked for financial support to bear her three granddaughters.

Nazm added that a person has pledged that he will help the grandmother monthly, adding that he provided a thousand dollar to purchase the necessities the children have as his first step.

300 persons registered their names to adopt the three sisters before the decision of the court to hand them over to their grandmother.

This year, several other cases of child dumping have been recorded in the city of Kirkuk, many of which have yet to be resolved the court.

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