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Qatar helps reunite 3-year-old Afghan boy with father in Canada

Qatar helps reunite 3-year-old Afghan boy with father in Canada

Tribune News Network
Doha
A three-year-old Afghan boy, who miraculously survived a suicide bombing at the Kabul Airport and got separated from his family, has reunited with his father in Canada, thanks to the efforts of Qatar.
Ali was evacuated to Qatar along with hundreds of other Afghan citizens on August 28, while his mother and the rest of the family got stuck in Afghanistan.
Qatar hosted Ali for more than two weeks and the coordination efforts between the Qatari and Canadian government succeeded in reuniting him with his father. The boy was reunited with his father in Ontario for the first time in two years.
Ali travelled on a 14-hour flight from the Hamad International Airport to Toronto’s Pearson Airport on Monday where he was received by his father in Ontario.
On August 28, Ali was transferred from Kabul with other refugees to Doha, after the suicide bombing that killed at least 169 Afghans and 13 US soldiers, according to Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper.
“Ali was our special guest for the past few weeks after he was separated from his mother during the Kabul airport explosion,” Assistant Foreign Minister HE Lolwah Al Khater said in a tweet.
She added, “Working with the Canada embassy, we identified his father and they’ve been reunited. Best of luck Ali, we will all miss you here, we hope you come back 2 visit.”
Ali’s evacuation would never have been happened if it wasn’t for a 17-year-old who kept him out of the chaos during the airport explosion.
The boy, who saw a child in the midst of the panic and crowd, acted heroically under difficult circumstances and decided to take responsibility for the child even though he was himself a minor, a report said.
Ali’s father Sharif, who ran a dried fruit business in Afghanistan before coming to Canada two years ago, had been trying to find out what happened to his son after the child was separated from his family.