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Christmas at home in Trinidad for boys held in Isis caliphate


Mahmud and Ayyub Ferreira were abducted by their father when he joined the Islamic State in Syria

Houses and malls in the Trinidadian capital Port of Spain are festively decorated and the steelpan drums and maracas of local parang carols drift from radios and television sets.

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Mahmud and Ayyub Ferreira, now 12 and eight, have been taking it all in with wonder. The boys are part of the island’s Muslim community, but have been enjoying the celebrations both in the city and at their mixed-religion school.

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