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RAK ruler grants British boy's request to bring his mum back

DUBAI, May 13, 2020

In a gesture of humanity, HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has responded to a request from a Grade-1 student at RAK Academy Al Hamra, to allow his mother to return to the UAE after she had been stuck in the United Kingdom for 52 days due to the Coronavirus travel restrictions.
 
"I was pleased today to respond to a letter from Archie, the British boy whose mother was prevented from returning from the UK to Ras Al Khaimah due to the current circumstances," said Sheikh Saud bin Saqr in his response to a letter handwritten by the boy, according to a Wam news agency report.
 
Archie Appleyard earlier wrote an emotive letter to Sheikh Saud, appealing for his mother’s return. "It has been 52 sleeps now that I have been apart from my mother," the boy said in his letter.
 
"I feel so sad because we have never been apart for this long and all I dream and wish for is my mummy's return," he wrote.
 
Jessica Fitzjohn travelled to the UK to attend the funeral of her father but was unable to return because of travel restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak.
 
In his response on his Instagram account, Sheikh Saud said: "We worked to help reunite him with his mother at the earliest opportunity, highlighting on Zayed Humanitarian Day that the UAE will always be a beacon of humanity in this world."
 
Under the guidance of HH Sheikh Saud and in cooperation with Government entities, Jessica arrived in the UAE in the early hours of Wednesday. All medical protocols were followed and she will enter a 14-day quarantine. The family, who are from the UK, said they were overjoyed to be together again, and they thanked the UAE Government. 
 
“I am so happy to have my mommy back,” said Archie. “I can’t believe that this has happened and thank you so much to Sheikh Saud.”
 
Jessica expressed her gratitude to HH Sheikh Saud for facilitating her safe return. “I can’t thank the Ruler enough for his kindness in organizing my return,” she said. “I will be so ever grateful for this moment. Thank you very much to everyone involved.”
 
Archie’s father, Richard, said everyone was overjoyed to be together again. “We are absolutely overwhelmed to have received a handwritten letter from His Highness. We are forever thankful.”
 
Archie’s letter to HH Sheikh Saud was accompanied by a drawing titled “the day my mummy comes back home to me” showing him and his father waiting as the plane carrying his mother arrived in the UAE.



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