We always hear stories and see emotional refugee family reunion videos but what are the events that lead to this moment of joy? Today I want to share the full story with you.
In 2012 my beautiful country, Syria, was engulfed in war, wages were plummeting and living costs were sky high. My husband lost his job and we could no longer provide for our family or guarantee their safety.
We were terrified our kids would go to school and not make it back home. Living in such uncertainty and danger is devastating for a parent.
The conflict was suffocating us. We had to leave.
The pain of three years of separation
We made it to Egypt, which was also embroiled in conflict, and political and economic instability. My husband decided to seek safety in the UK and left us there temporarily as he feared the whole family would not make the journey.
My husband made the treacherous and, at times, life-threatening journey to the UK. When we said goodbye to him, I could have never imagined that we would not see his face again for three years.
For those three unbearable years I worked two jobs to provide the basics for my two young children who ached for their dad. We felt so alone.