Lost 4-year-old migrant will be reunited with her mother after happy coincidence

Lost 4-year-old migrant will be reunited with her mother after a coincidence

The child was rescued at sea

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A 4-year-old migrant girl who travelled from North Africa to Italy is going to be reunited with her mother after a coincidence, according to reports.

Oumoh had travelled alone, after she was separated from her mother in Tunis.

Her mother had left her with a friend whilst she collected things from home, but when the friend had an opportunity to travel so went with Oumoh, but eventually left her alone.

The mother had originally taken her daughter from her father's family to protect her from female genital mutilation.

Luckily Oumoh was rescued at sea, despite other passengers not knowing who she was, and taken to the Italian island of Lampedusa.

The child was then looked after by police inspector Maria Volpe, whose job it is to care for unaccompanied migrant children, at a reception centre before being taken to a children's community in Palermo.

A coincidence then occurred when another group rescued from sea included 8-year old Nassande days later.

She had been given a phone to play with by head of the centre Marilena Cefala, whilst her mother was interviewed, and recognised a picture of Oumoh.

The girls had met in Tunis, so Cefala searched online and found a relative of Oumoh's in France, who was able to provide contact details for her mother.