‘Bike gift stranger’ and former child refugee reunited

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Mevan Babakar



Former refugee Mevan reunited with Egbert who bought her a bike when she was a child

A former child refugee who launched a Twitter campaign to trace a “generous” stranger who bought her a bike when she was five has been reunited with him.

Mevan Babakar, 29, lived in a refugee camp near Zwolle in the Netherlands during the 1990s.

She tweeted a photo of the camp odd-job man, whose name she never knew, and her message was retweeted 3,000 times which enabled her to find him.

“He said it felt like I’d never left,” said Ms Babakar who met him in Germany.

When she began her search all she had was an old photograph of the mystery man, taken at the refugee camp.

During their meeting she posted on Twitter: “This is Egbert. He’s been helping refugees since the 90s. He was so happy to see me. He was proud that I’d become a strong and brave woman.

“He said that was his wish for me when I was small. He grows orchids. He has a beautiful family. He said it felt like I’d never left.”

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