Saad left his family and all that he knew two years ago when he joined the Iraqi forces to fight against enemies of the state and protect the ones he loved. Then ISIS took control of his hometown of Mosul. He was not able to see or talk to his family for over two years.
Then a US-backed coalition managed to break through enemy lines and into the city. But then ISIS militants launched a series of fierce counter attacks and the coalition began evacuating citizens to prevent them from being used as human shields. As citizens began evacuating from Mosul, Saad realized his family would be part of the exodus and they would be driving right by his camp. When he looked out over the desert and saw the line of buses, Saad sprinted toward them, in a desperate effort to see his family before it was too late.
Saad entered every bus in the que, searching frantically, to no avail. He finally found some family friends that said, “Your family?… I think they ARE here! Just behind us maybe?”
So Saad made a beeline for that bus. Then the first person he saw inside was his mother… and they shared an emotional embrace after two years of no contact. He immediately broke down in tears.
“Don’t cry my son. You shouldn’t cry!” she consoled him.
With his mother, sisters, brothers and cousins pressing in to hold him, Saad was able to see his family at long last.
Check out the emotional reunion in the video below!
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