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The Syrian cab driver's young family who could come to Britain

Amal, 10, is living in a tent with her three-year-old brother who has Down's Syndrome. Photo: World Vision

As Downing Street confirmed plans to accept "several hundred" of the most vulnerable refugees from the Syrian conflict, ITV News has heard the accounts of two families who could be eligible.

Amal, aged 10

Before the conflict, Amal lived with her family in a four-bedroom house in Homs. She says she misses her schoolfriends. Credit: World Vision

Amal, 10, is currently living with her father and her three-year-old brother Hossein, who has Down's Syndrome, in a tent on a settlement just over the Syrian border in Lebanon.

Her father, who worked as a taxi driver in Homs, was shot five times as they left their homeland.

He now makes less than £3 a day working on construction sites and owes money to a Lebanese shopkeeper for wood and plastic used to make their shelter.

"We have all become fugitives," says Amal. "We are refugees in different countries. We should all gather and never do this again."

She says she longs for the peace of reading a book in her quiet garden in Homs.

Grandmother Aziza

Aziz pictured with her young grandchild in a tent in Lebanon. Credit: World Vision

Aziza is currently living in a tent by a roadside in Lebanon with her young grandchild.

She said: "We left Syria with nothing but what were wearing."

"There were protests and checkpoints. We had nothing to do with any of this so we packed our things and came here."

"We cannot go back to face death."

Syrian refugees in the Middle East

According to UN estimates as of 24th January 2014, the number of registered Syrian refugees in the region are as follows:

  • 892,115 in Lebanon
  • 593,186 in Jordan
  • 560,542 in Turkey
  • 217,144 in Iraq
  • 132,877 in Egypt

Asked in the Commons today how many Syrian refugees Britain would accept, Home Secretary Theresa May said: "We have not set a (total) figure. As the Deputy Prime Minister made clear earlier today, we expect this to be several hundred people, refugees, who will be coming, but we haven't set a quota precisely because we want to look at particular needs."

  • Both Aziza and Amal's families are currently being assisted by the refugee charity World Vision