Altaghyeer: Khartoum

A month ago a Sudanese female student who joined the “Islamic State organization” (Daesh) in Syria returned to Khartoum amid strict discretion by her family.

Safinat, the daughter of Ambassador Ali Alsadig, ex-spokesperson and ex-director of Arabic administration at the Sudanese ministry of foreign affairs, and current ambassador of Sudan in Beirut, Lebanon, joined the organization in 2015 among 18 students from University of Medical Sciences and Technology which is owned by Health minister Mamoun Humeida.

A source close to the family said that Safinat used to work at a border area among the medical brigade, and left Sudan while she was a student at her third year of medical school at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology. She crossed the border to Turkey after the organization was defeated in Syria and flew directly to Lebanon with her father and back to Sudan in the middle of last August.

Ali Alsadig’s family hid the news of their daughter’s return but word got out recently as it was shared among foreign ministry personnel and relatives after she got back.

Back then when he was still at his position as spokesperson of foreign affairs, Safinat’s father accused unnamed influential entities of backing his daughter and the group with her to join Daesh, but later he backtracked on his accusations.

Sudanese security authorities, in collaboration with Turkish security, succeeded in preventing two female students from joining Daesh as they were held before reaching the Syrian border, but they failed in case of the ambassador’s daughter. Later they managed to determine her location and she remained in contact with her family.

Safinat was among others in a motorcade when it was bombarded and she lost contact with her family, but she eventually regained contact prior to finally abandoning the organization.

And according to the source there was talk that Sudanese security authorities contributed in the return of the ambassador’s daughter through collaboration with armed militias in Syria and the leadership of Daesh.

In the meantime it is unknown whether Sudanese authorities subjected Safinat to a security debrief after she came back as she isn’t completely engaging in social activities.

Sudanese authorities are known to go soft on those returning from Daesh and never hold them liable as previously a young man named Osman Faghiri came back from Mali to Khartoum after participating Islamic fighters there and went to college. Afterwards he joined Daesh in Syria and ended up dead in a suicide attack.

Last April a group of three males, seven females and three children came back after joining the Islamic State in Libya to a ceremonious welcome at Khartoum airport as the director of the anti-terror administration made a statement saying that those coming back would undergo intellectual and psychological rehabilitation prior to society integration.