There were tears, hugs, smiles and songs at the Winnipeg airport early Thursday morning as friends and family witnessed the reunion of a Yazidi refugee mother and her 12-year-old son.
Nofa Zaghla wept as she met her son privately behind airport security before appearing before dozens of supporters and reporters in the arrivals area.
“Thank you, Canada, thank you Steve Maman,” Emad Mishko Tamo said, referring to the president of the group The Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children of Iraq, which orchestrated a campaign to expedite his reunion with his mother.
“I’m happy, I’m very thankful for anyone that had any part in me reuniting with my mom,” Emad added through a translator.
“I am very happy and very thankful to God that he got here safely and soundly,” his mother said, also speaking through a translator.
It’s been a month since Zaghla discovered her son was alive.
She and her family were captured by ISIS in northern Iraq in 2014. An estimated 500,000 people were kidnapped, killed or became …