Kitteridge told the committee there had been a rise in the number of New Zealand women travelling to Syria and Iraq.
“It’s something we haven’t seen before.”
Key said after the committee there was “no question one or two people have left” for Syria and they and were known to have engaged in weddings “effectively at the very last minute”.
How sad for them. They tend to end up dead or as slaves.
Kitteridge said after the committee hearing the numbers leaving from New Zealand were small but significant – but declined to give further details.
But she confirmed it was fewer than a dozen. Their plight was a worry, however.
“Obviously I’d be concerned whatever they’re doing in a war zone of that kind so there would be a really significant concern about what they’re being exposed to, the kind of conditions that they’re in, their ability to get away if they want, or how heavily radicalised or exposed to acts of barbarism they might be seeing.
“So for a whole range of reasons its a real concern to us.”
My concern is if they return.