France grants asylum to family forced into hiding after fleeing Syria

Campaign in Béziers in southern France to allow Al Elfi family to stay succeeded after a decision to expel them was overturned.

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Eight-year-old Houmam Al Elfi knew nothing of the politics of war, refugees and migration. He was too young to be sure why his family fled from their home in Homs, Syria, four years ago as the city was pounded to rubble, or what they were doing living in hiding in France. All he knew was he wanted to go to school, reports The Observer.