In a 60 Minutes special report Australian mum Sally Faulkner has recounted the heartbreaking goodbye she shared with her two eldest children, five-year-old Lahela and three-year-old Noah, before returning home without them.
Faulkner and 60 Minutes crew members, Tara Brown, Ben Williamson, Stephen Rice and David Ballment, were released from a Beirut prison last Thursday.
In an interview that aired on Channel Nine last night, Faulkner was visibly emotional as she recalled the final meeting she had with her children at a McDonalds in Beirut suburb Furn El Chebbak.
“I had to say goodbye to my babies,” she told 60 Minutes.
"Lahela, she looked at me and said, 'Mummy will you take my ring?' She gave me her little Barbie ring, she said, 'This is so you don't forget me'," Faulkner said.
Faulkner explained the pain she feels at having to leave Lebanon without her children comes in "waves".
She said that while sometimes she feels "numb because it feels so surreal," at other times she is overcome with emotion. Faulkner said she spent the flight from Beruit back to Australia "bawling my eyes out."