KRG follow up on case of Kurdish child killed by Belgian police

The KRG Representation said it had met with the child's parents and promised to pursue the case.

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Representation for the European Union (EU) on Thursday said it would follow up on the case of a Kurdish child who was shot and killed by Belgian police. 

On May 17, Mawda Shamdin, 2, died after police shot at a van they were pursuing that was carrying about 30 migrants near the city of Mons in southern Belgium.

In a statement, the KRG’s Representation for the EU promised to pursue the case and provide support for Mawda’s family in coordination with the Belgian government.

Since the traffic incident, the KRG Representation has been in constant contact with the Shamdin family as well as Belgian authorities, the statement said. 

The KRG Representation has met with the child’s parents, it added, noting they would continue to provide the family with the required support and would look into the case with the relevant Belgian authorities.

Speaking to Kurdistan 24, Mawda’s parents, who had migrated from the city of Raniya in the Kurdistan Region, accused the Belgian police of being responsible for their daughter’s death.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration Jasim al-Jaf on Wednesday condemned the death of the Kurdish child after police shot her.

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany