However, the couple explained that they have been unable to bring their eldest children into the country as UK family reunion rules do not allow parents to apply for asylum for children who are above the age of 18. The Alwadis have not seen their 19-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter for nine months, with their son living in a refugee camp in Calais and their daughter in Turkey.

Alwadi family

Amal Alwadi with her children before they were separated during the Syrian conflict. Her eldest son and daughter are now in Calais and Turkey, while Amal is in the UKBritish Red Cross