This story warmed the cockles of my heart - it renews my faith in the United Church of Canada's ability to bring people together.
There, the first sight of a thin, pale and exhausted Somali refugee drew tears and hugs from the mother and siblings who have waited 18 years to be reunited with him — since their country's never-ending civil war ripped their family apart.
Then he was a boy. Today he is a man. He spent more than a decade believing they had been killed. His younger sisters and brothers grew up thinking he was dead.
Noor Hussein Rage appeared overwhelmed as his mother stroked his face with trembling fingers, saying, “happy, happy, happy,” while one sister and two brothers wrapped their arms around them just before midnight, local time.
“I'm elated. I can't express with words this happiness,” Noor said. “I thank everybody who participated in this process to give me the chance to come all the way to Canada to be with my family members.”
Read the rest here: