An Accidental Child Refugee Is Saved After Running Into A Family Friend In Another Country
In November 2016, a four-year-old girl was rescued from a rickety boat travelling from North Africa to Italy, accompanied by a couple dozen refugees who had absolutely no clue who she was. After being brought to an Italian child's center, the girl wasn't able to shed much light on her identity, due to the trauma of the trip and, you know, being four and all. Since the Italian authorities didn't know how to contact her family (or if she even had one), the girl was probably looking at a not-so-bright future in foster care. And that's when one of her friends from back home happened to drop by, as always happens in these situations.
You see, the Italians had just picked up another boatload of people, including an eight-year-old girl called Nassade and her family. In order to keep Nassade entertained while her mother was being interviewed, the head of the children's center handed over her phone, because even kids from war-torn nations can't help but watch videos starring some spiky-haired nitwit playing Minecraft. That's when Nassade committed the cardinal sin of phone borrowers: opening up the owner's pictures. Instead of happening upon any explicit material, however, Nassande saw a picture of the center's newest resident ... whom she identified as "Oumoh."
It turned out the two girls had been friends while living in Tunis -- where, as some Facebook snooping revealed, Oumah's mother still was. Oumah and her mother had actually fled to Tunis from Ivory Coast to escape some grotesque human rights violations. When Oumah's mother went back home to grab a few things that'd been left behind in the rush, she left the little girl in the care of a friend ... who was then offered the chance to migrate to Italy. The "friend" immediately took up the offer, child-in-tow be damned, and apparently wasn't the best at keeping track of minors. Once Oumah's mother was contacted it took five months to finally reunite her with the girl, but from the looks of it, the wait was well worth it.
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They then spent five more months in this exact position.