SOT Grandmother (Russian): «Thank you. From grandmother, from grandfather, thank you very much.»
SOT Granddad (Russian): «You must excuse us. We are in such a condition. We could not sleep for three days.»
SOT Grandmother (Russian): «I cannot talk either.»
SOT Grandmother (Russian): «We hope for the rest of our lives.»
SOT Granddad (Russian): «Well, most of all I wanted to see every step... Еще of my granddaughters. Here she sat screaming, Dadaka. Every second I remember it, I cannot. Every step here reminds me of her, I do not even know what to do.»
SOT Grandmother (Russian): «It is just that the children grew up.»
SOT Granddad (Russian): «It will go away only with the years' passing. The only thing they need is care and warmth. Our love, and the love of loved ones.»
The grandmother and grandfather of sisters Khadija and Fatima, who were found recently in a Baghdad orphanage, expressed relief at discovering that their grandchildren were alive, during an interview in Makhachkala, Saturday.
The parents of five-year-old Khadija and three-year-old Fatima reportedly left for Turkey two years ago taking their children with them. Khadija and Fatima were then reportedly left in an orphanage in Baghdad, Iraq, while their parents went to fight for the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL) in Mosul.
The grandparents, who recognised their grandchildren in an online video report from the orphanage, thanked their well-wishers. «Thank you. From grandmother, from grandfather, thank you very much,» they said, adding «you must excuse us. We are in such a condition. We could not sleep for three days.»
Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov has ordered his representative in the Middle East to use his diplomatic connections to secure the return of Khadija and Fatima, as well as other children.
There are reportedly five Russian-speaking children being housed in an orphanage in Baghdad. Their parents took them from Russia and the CIS when they joined IS.
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