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  Newsmakers   15 Aug 2019  Twitter helps former child refugee to find man who gifted her a bike 24 year ago

Twitter helps former child refugee to find man who gifted her a bike 24 year ago

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Aug 15, 2019, 3:20 pm IST
Updated : Aug 15, 2019, 3:20 pm IST

In a series of tweets she informed that other refuges too reached out to her to tell that for many the man.

Babakar also shared images with Egbert, after meeting him. (Photo: Twitter/Mevan)
 Babakar also shared images with Egbert, after meeting him. (Photo: Twitter/Mevan)

Mumbai: Twenty-nine-year-old who lived in a refugee camp with her parents in the Netherlands in the 1990s, after fleeing Iraq during the first Gulf war, reported Metro. During her stay at the camp, an aid worker gifted her a bicycle.

All she wanted was to thank the man who gifted her a bike 24 years ago, but only problem was that she had to find the man before she could express her gratitude. So, she asked for Twitter’s help and, thankfully, people answered the call.

 

Babakar, who is now staying in London, recently embarked on a journey to retrace her family’s steps. So, when she found herself in Zwolle, Netherlands – the refugee camp where she was staying as a kid – she wanted to track down the man who almost two decades earlier made her “five-year-old heart explode with joy.”

“Hi internet, this is a longshot BUT I was a refugee for 5 yrs in the 90s and this man, who worked at a refugee camp near Zwolle in the Netherlands, out of the kindness of his own heart bought me a bike,” Babakar tweeted along with the picture of the man and asked for people’s help. “I just want to know his name. Help?” she further added.

 

It took a day for people to find the man. “WE FOUND HIM!!” Babakar excitedly wrote in another tweet. Further adding that it took 3000 RTs, 3 news articles, 1 video and thousands of wonderful messages from around the world” to find the man.

Babakar also shared images with Egbert, after meeting him.

In a series of tweets she informed that other refuges too reached out to her to tell that for many the man – Egbert – and his wife were not “friends but family.”

Many people around the world were overwhelmed by this heartwrenching story. This is how netizens reacted on Twitter:

 

 

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