Refugee Nofa Mihlo Rafo finally reunited with her 12-year-old son Emad today, August 17, 2017 at the Richardson International Airport.
There were tears, hugs, smiles and songs at the Winnipeg airport early Thursday morning as friends and family witnessed the reunion of Nofa and her son. They mett privately behind airport security before appearing before dozens of supporters and reporters in the arrivals area.
Nofa recently came over to Canada with her four children, as they were sponsored as a refugee family by Canada to live in Winnipeg. It had been three years since Nofa had lost contact with Emad, as well as her husband and other son. But about a month ago, Emad was discovered alive on social media, having been released from ISIS by the Iraqi army.
ISIS attacked their village in Iraq in August 2014. Family was stuck in captivity for two years and had been split up. Nofa and four of her children stayed together, while two of her sons and her husband were captured and separated from them.
Groups such as the Yazidi Association of Manitoba and The Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children of Iraq (CICY) began advocating on behalf of the family, sending emails, raising money, and urging the federal government to reunite the mother and son.
(With news from Winnipeg Sun and CBC News Manitoba, Aug 17, 2017 )