Roger Waters has helped reunite a mother with her kidnapped children after being apart from them for over four years.
Per U.K.’s The Telegraph, Waters flew Felicia Perkins-Ferreira from to the Iraqi border with Syria where, with the help of a British human rights lawyer, she was reunited with her two sons Ayyub, 7, and Mahmud, 11, after they were kidnapped by their father in 2014 and taken to Syria. Perkins-Ferreira lives in Trinidad and Tobago and has had limited contact with her children since their kidnapping.
Ayyub and Mahmud were found by Syrian Democratic Forces after they were abandoned by a roadside. Their father is presumed to have died in 2017 while fighting in Raqqa during the ongoing civil war in Syria.
Waters got involved at the request of Clive Stafford Smith, a personal friend and founder of Reprieve, an organization in the U.K. that offers legal support to those affected by various human rights issues. Waters has been working for some time with the Trinidad and Tobago government to bring Ayyub and Mahmud back home to their mother and even penned an open letter in the country’s Newsday publication.
Waters paid for all of the expenses involved in the reunion of Perkins-Ferreira and her sons, who said in a statement about Waters and Reprieve, “I’m really, really grateful and I wish I could meet them all in one and embrace them.”
Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.