AIN ISSA, Syria - Two Belgian women who joined Islamic State in Syria said on Sunday they were losing hope they will ever go home after a Belgian court overturned a ruling to repatriate them with their six children.
Tatiana Wielandt and Bouchra Abouallal, each 26, said that as much as it pains them, they would send the children to Belgium for a better life and stay behind if it came to that.
"What do I wish to receive? A ticket home," Abouallal said at the sprawling Ain Issa camp enclosed by wire fences in northern Syria. "I understand people are afraid ... They are judging us but they don't know us."
European nations are wrestling with how to handle militants and their families seeking to return as Islamic State's self-declared caliphate crumbles.