#CBC: “Ontario mother among 2 Canadians freed in Syria – Politics”

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Two Canadians, including a mother who went to Lebanon to reunite with her two young sons, have been freed from Syria, according to a Canadian official. 

The BBC had reported Jolly Bimbachi and Sean Moore, both from Chatham, Ont., were being held by Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an affiliate of al-Qaeda.

“We are relieved‎ that two Canadian citizens have safely left Syria,” said Amy Mills, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada.

“The government of Canada provided assistance to the Canadians while they were in Syria and will continue to do so. Due to the provisions under the Privacy Act, further details on this case cannot be released.”

Bimbachi took a flight to Lebanon in November to find Omar Ahmad, 8, and Abdal-Geniy Ahmad, 7, after her ex-husband, Ali Ahmad, failed to return them to Canada following a 2015 visit.

Jolly Bimbachi

Jolly Bimbachi, of Chatham, Ont., reunited with her two young sons in November, after two and a half years in Syria. (courtesy Jolly Bimbachi)

Bimbachi reunited with her sons soon after arriving.

“We played and hugged for hours,” she said at the time. Bimbachi also told CBC she had been working with Global Affairs Canada to have her sons returned to Canada.

Jeff Bultje, who has worked with Moore on various trips to Iraq, told CBC that Moore travelled to Lebanon and Jordan at the end of 2017 to help Bimbachi bring her children back to Chatham, a southwestern Ontario city about 80 kilometres from Windsor.

Bultje said he last spoke to Moore around Christmas. 

It’s not clear how Moore and Bimbachi ended up in the hands of HTS in Syria.  

Note: “Previously Published on: 5 February 2018 | 3:42 pm, as ‘Ontario mother among 2 Canadians freed in Syria – Politics’ on CBC RADIO-CANADA. Here is a source link for the Article’s Image(s) and Content”.

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