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COVID-19 Federal repatriation flights not taking off for this NSW dad and his kids stuck in UK
Supplied: Scott Walker
A single father says his children have been left sick and traumatised by the stress of being stranded in the United Kingdom after he won a lengthy custody battle to bring them to Australia.
Scott Walker was working overseas for several years before his marriage broke down.
After launching legal proceedings in London last March he was granted the right to bring his 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son home, but he’s since missed out on repatriation flights time and again.
And Mr Walker says his kids have suffered a lot from the stress.
“In fact, my daughter was physically sick at one point.
“They have suffered quite badly not knowing what is going on is quite traumatic.
“After being granted the right to come home and give my children a life that I thought was better, I am more sceptical about it every day.”
By the time Mr Walker won his court case in September, the pandemic had cost him his job in the film and advertising industry.
Unable to afford rent, he was forced to rely on the support of friends while he desperately sought passage south.
“It’s been endless for months literally everyday I am on the phone to probably every airline on the planet that flies from the UK to anyway that might hop me home,” he said.
Find out more about Mr Walker’s “endless” attempts to get home by reading this story.
Reporting by Kelly Fuller