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Continued: Father who fled Iraq reunited with toddler son in Minnesota

  • Article by: MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 26, 2013 - 12:09 AM

“He begged us to get his family here as soon as possible,” Smith said. “That’s a question that we get asked daily. Anyone who is a refugee is a refugee because their life is in danger.”

Fatima’s death was a poignant reminder to Smith and others who work with refugees “how true that is.”

Weeks slowly turned into months as Alkadi waited for word about his son.

His heart was heavy. His spirit low. “I didn’t feel like I was living,” he said.

And then word came this week that his son would arrive within three days. “I couldn’t sleep for those three days,” Alkadi said as he waited for his son to be escorted through the airport doors.

And then the moment came. Alkadi, his cousin, brother and sister swarmed the toddler, who grew wide-eyed at the sight of the balloons the family held.

“Life is beginning again,” Alkadi said.

Mary Lynn Smith • 612-673-4788

















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