Thu. Aug 22nd, 2019

Man gifts bike to child refugee, 24 years later twitter helps her track him down

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A former child refugee from Iraq has managed to find the man who bought her a bike when she was five-years-old.

Mevan Babbakar, took to twitter and appealed to find  the man whose name she never knew, and who, “out of the kindness of his own heart”, bought her a bike when she was living at a refugee camp in the 1990s.




The 29-year-old who now lives in London posted his photograph to the microblogging website and asked for help in identifying him, saying that he worked at a refugee camp near Zwolle in the Netherlands.

24 hours later Twitter worked its magic and helped Babakar meet Egbert, the man who bought her a bike when she was five-years-old.

Babbakar and her parents, who are Kurdish, fled Iraq during the first Gulf War and stayed at the refugee camp for between 1994 and 1995. On the day were to leave the camp, the man came to visit them, bringing two bikes – “one for my mother and one for me.”

“Small actions can have big consequences. The kindness that Egbert and his family showed me will stay with me for a lifetime, and it continues to shape me as a person,” she added on Twitter.


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