A leading neurologist has accused the Foreign Office of “barbaric behaviour” for failing to evacuate a dangerously ill woman from a detention camp in northeast Syria, where he says she will die without treatment.
The woman, who is in her early forties and referred to as “Layla” — a pseudonym because of an anonymity order — has spent almost four years in Kurdish-controlled camps with her son, now five. She is one of about 60 Isis brides from Britain and their children, stranded since the defeat of Islamic State. They include Shamima Begum, who travelled to Syria at the age of 15.
The women are among more than 60,000 held in two camps so grim that they are often described as “Guantanamo in the desert”.