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Freed Yazidi Boy Asks for Meeting With Canadian PM

Emad Mishko Tamo in Canada after escapting spending three years in ISIS captivity
Emad Mishko Tamo in Canada after escaping three years of ISIS captivity (Photo: video screenshot)

A Yazidi boy in Canada who was held captive by ISIS for three years is asking for a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to advocate for other children still in captivity, CT News reported.

Emad Mishko Tamo, 13, was separated from his family when ISIS took over large swaths of Iraqi territory in the summer of 2014. His mother, Nofa Mihlo Zaghla, was able to escape and make it to Canada as a refugee. While other siblings and relatives managed to make it to Canada as well, she was unaware of the fate of Emad, another brother and her husband.

Last summer, a relative saw a photo of Emad on social media and recognized him. With the help of the Yazidi Association in Canada, Emad – still suffering from a gunshot wound after being liberated in Mosul — was reunited with his family.

“A lot of these children are coming back but there’s no parents, there’s no family left. They’ve all been killed or massacred and nobody knows where the rest of their families are,” said Hadji Hesso, the association’s president.

In this moving video, Emad thanks Canada and says, “There’s a thousand other kids like me who are still held captive. Hon. Justin Trudeau, will you meet me?”

Watch the video, which was posted on Facebook

 

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