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Syrian family now living in Wales reunited with their baby son after months apart

A Syrian family living in Wales have finally been reunited with their one-year-old son after being forced to leave him behind in Lebanon.

Rajaa Al Sharki holds her youngest son close after a tearful reunion. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales / Alexandra Lodge

The Al Sharki family say they had no choice but to leave baby Omar, after an admin error on his passport meant he couldn't travel with them.

His passport stated he was born in Damascus rather than Lebanon, meaning he couldn't re-join his family in Wales until it was changed.

But his parents said they couldn't afford to do this and turned to The Red Cross to help them.

Watch the moment Rajaa spots her son at the airport:

After more than four months apart, the family are now back together in Cardiff to celebrate baby Omar's first birthday.

The Red Cross are also calling on the UK government to re-introduce legal aid to make situations like this quicker to resolve.

We don't think it should take four months to fix a simple administration error. We are therefore asking the government to simplify the whole process and bring back legal aid to help families that can't afford to navigate this process.

– Lara Cumming, Red Cross Charity
Omar celebrates his first birthday reunited with his family in Cardiff Credit: ITV News

In a statement to ITV News, the Home Office say they have already implemented some changes to the visa application process to make it easier.

They have no comment on legal aid.

The Al Sharki family are now back together in the UK. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales / Alexandra Lodge

Last year, our reporter Alexandra Lodge met with the family and heard why they'd decided to come to the UK.

Mousa Al Sharki, wife Rajaa and their four children lived in Aleppo, but decided to leave when they realised it was no longer a safe place to raise their children.

Mousa, like many other Syrians, travelled to the UK seeking refuge before applying for a family reunion visa to bring his wife and children to Cardiff.

Watch the report from Alexandra Lodge below: