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Ex-Wisbech Grammar pupil ‘working in hospital near Turkish border’, family reveals

QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110941009
QEH General Views of the outside of the hospital ANL-150525-110941009

A former Wisbech Grammar School pupil who travelled to Syria in the spring is thought to be working in a hospital close to the Turkish border, her family has revealed.

Lena Gadir, 19, is one of nine students from the Khartoum Medical School who travelled to the war-torn area in March, saying they were going to help treat injured people.

At the time, political leaders feared the group may have been radicalised by Islamic State militants, though the school’s headteacher said the expressed desire to help others was typical of Lena.

But, in a statement issued today, the family said: “Lena endures as a loving daughter, a doting sister and a caring member of our community.

“Watching the identity of someone so close to our hearts being violated has remained the tragedy that never ends.

“We have recently met with our MP, Mr. Henry Bellingham, with a request that we have a meeting with the Foreign office minister.

“We are aware of the fact that she is working in a hospital in a town adjacent to the Turkish border and we are confident that pressure from various governments will lead to more information becoming available.

“We would like to take the time to thank our friends, colleagues and the wider community for being so steadfast and sensitive to our ordeal.

“We could not ask for anymore, only the hope of good fortune and that we maintain the dignity of privacy during this difficult time.”

The statement came less than 24 hours after the husbands of three women from Bradford who are believed to have travelled to Syria with nine children made an emotional appeal for them to come home.

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