Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters uses his private jet to reunite a mother with her kidnapped children

Waters became aware of the mother's plight and wanted to help

Pink Floyd‘s Roger Waters used his private jet to reunite a mother with her kidnapped children.

Felicia Perkins-Ferreira had not seen her children in over four years after they were kidnapped and taken to Syria by their father in 2014.

After hearing of their plight, Waters flew Perkins-Ferreira out to the Iraq-Syria border so she could be reunited with her children, Ayyub and Mahmud.


Their father is believed to have died whilst fighting in Raqqa in 2017. According to Sky, the boys were abandoned at the side of the road by their father’s new wife after his death.

Roger Waters
Roger Waters

The children have been looked after in a camp where a friend of Waters, Clive Stafford-Smith, became aware of their plight. When asked about Waters, he said: “[Roger] agreed to pay for it all and flew the mother over from Trinidad. We’re going to make sure that they get on with a really productive, decent life.”

Perkins-Ferreira later thanked Waters and all those who helped to reunite her with her children saying that she was “really, really grateful” and would like to meet them “and embrace them” to express her thanks.

Last year, Waters was critical of artists including Radiohead and Nick Cave for performing gigs in Israel.


Speaking about Cave, Waters said: “Nick thinks this is about censorship of his music? What? Nick, with all due respect, your music is irrelevant to this issue, so is mine, so is Brian Eno’s so is Beethoven’s, this isn’t about music, it’s about human rights.”

“…Artists for Palestine UK believe it is Palestinians who know the meaning of daily humiliation and silencing.  We regret that in a land of injustice Nick Cave is giving comfort to the unjust.”


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