Afram Yakoub, the general director of Swedish National Association of Assyrians. Photo: Åsa Stöckel/Sveriges Radio
Afram Yakoub, the general director of Swedish National Association of Assyrians. Photo: Åsa Stöckel/Sveriges Radio

Assyrians urge Sweden to help stop IS kidnappings

"We don't see the support from the Swedish government"
4:52 min

Assyrians living in Sweden are worried about relatives whom they say were kidnapped by IS when the terrorist group attacked 10 villages in Syria on Monday.

The exact number of people who were abducted in Syria is not known. In reports from human rights organisations and international media, the number varies from around 50 to around 200.

Many of the estimated 120,000 Assyrians living here in Sweden are directly affected, as several of the kidnapped Assyrians have relatives living here.

In Södertälje, south of Stockholm, the Assyrian Federation of Sweden is monitoring the situation closely. Radio Sweden spoke with the general director, Afram Yakoub, who criticises the Swedish government and international community for doing too little to help ensure the safety of minorities in Syria and Iraq.

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