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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Roger Waters uses his private jet to reunite a mum with her kidnapped children | Planet Rock

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Waters flew Felicia Perkins-Ferreira from Trinidad & Tobago to the Iraq-Syria border to greet her sons Ayyub, seven, and Mahmud, 11, on Tuesday (22nd January).

Perkins-Ferreira hadn’t seen them since they were kidnapped by their father, Abebe Oboi Ferreira, and taken to Syria to live in the so-called caliphate in 2014.

Following the death of their father during fighting in Raqqa in 2017 the boys were abandoned by his new Belgian wife on the side of a road.

The children were picked up by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group who had been battling ISIS, and have spent the last few months living in a camp in Northern Syria.

Roger Waters’ friend, human rights lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith, told AFP he tracked down the children’s mother and then contacted Waters, who was interested in their plight.

Mr Stafford-Smith said: “Waters agreed to pay for it all and flew the mother over from Trinidad. We’re going to make sure that they get on with a really productive, decent life.”

Waters himself was unable to make the final leg to the border, and told Channel 4: “I could not travel to Syria for reasons that I won’t go into – it’s too long-winded and boring.

Source: Roger Waters uses his private jet to reunite a mum with her kidnapped children | Planet Rock

 

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