Before their mothers smuggled them into a war zone, the children phoned their fathers back in the UK and said: ‘We love you, we’re missing you, we can’t wait to come home.’
Home life in Yorkshire had been happy, judging by family photographs of the youngsters playing, seemingly without a care.
Five-year-old Mariya was fond of dressing up with her sister Zaynab, eight, and larking about in the garden with her and three-year-old brother Ismaeel. One photo captures the toddler hugging
Mariya as they sit on the sill of a stained-glass window at home.