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Grandmother Karen Nettleton with from left Hoda Abdullah and Zaynab Sharrouf before they left for Syria. Abdullah has died

Jo Butcher Grandmother Karen Nettleton with from left Hoda Abdullah and Zaynab Sharrouf before they left for Syria. Abdullah has died

The grandmother has been pushing to get her grandchildren back to Australia.

"We were brought here by our parents. And for me and my children I want to live a normal life".

Morrison said he had given instructions to officials that "no Australian would be put at risk in terms of going into what is a very risky part of the world".

Sydney Grandmother Karen Nettleton has pleaded for Sharrouf's children and her three remaining grandchildren - heavily pregnant Zaynab, 17, Hoda, 16 and Humzeh, 8, along with Zaynab's two toddlers now staying in a Syrian refugee camp - to be allowed to come home.

Zaynab is 8 months pregnant and faces the terrifying prospect of giving birth within the camp- an experience which would undoubtedly threaten her life and that of her unborn child. Two weeks ago, she told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that she forgave her parents for taking them to a war zone.

A spokesman for the Department of Home Affairs said there were a number of programs already in place to help counter violent extremism, such as the "Living Safe Together Program" which provides Federal Government funding for the states and territories to deliver a national Countering Violent Extremism Intervention Program.

"When they might be in a position to return to Australia, we will cooperate with that process", he told reporters.

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Grandmother Karen Nettleton with, from left, Hoda, Abdullah and Zaynab Sharrouf, before they left for Syria.

Zaynab said the children "weren't the ones that chose to come here in the first place".

He said if the children were able to get to an Australian embassy they would be given passports. Their parents took them into a regime of terrorism.

Mrs Nettleton has not seen her grandchildren since 2014.

"They're not a threat or a danger to anyone".

Children who have been exposed to traumatic incidents could have long-lasting psychological scars, and that those most at risk were infants younger than three years old, Professor Newman said.

"Humzeh is a little boy, eight". And Hoda is the quiet one.

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He added that an extra 5,000 tents are needed to house people as Al-Hawl was only created to accommodate 10,000, which accounts one seventh of the refugees who call the camp home.

"Just because their last name is Sharrouf, doesn't mean they are monsters", Nettleton said.

His wife, Tara Nettleton, a Muslim convert, died in hospital a year later of a perforated intestine.

On Tuesday the prime minister, Scott Morrison, continued to suggest the government is "working behind the scenes" to help Sharrouf's children but said there is a "long way to go" before they might be brought to Australia. But he has said Australia can not extract people from Syria. "They are in a very risky part of the world and Australia is not in a position to offer any safe passage for people who are in that part of the world".

"The children can't be held responsible for the crimes of their parents", he said.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has called for the children to be allowed to return home and said he would work with the families if elected prime minister.

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