From top Syrian diplomat to Barnsley budgie breeader, how life has changed for Khaled al-Ayoubi
Seven years ago, Khaled Al-Ayoubi was the UK’s top Syrian diplomat. Now living in Barnsley, he is breeding budgies, unable to return to his birth country. Laura Drysdale reports.
The 20 budgies that live in a modified shed in Khaled al-Ayoubi’s garden have brought him colour and comfort through a difficult time. Seven years ago, Khaled was the UK’s top Syrian diplomat.
But after quitting his job over the Syrian regime’s “violent and oppressive acts”, he began a new life in Yorkshire. He now calls the region his home, sharing a property in Barnsley with his wife and children - and, of... read more