Mother and daughter reunited after 70 years

Abdul Kuddus Munsi reunites with his nearly 100-year-old mother after 70 years of losing contact thanks to social media.

“This is the happiest day of my life,” said Abdul Kuddus Munsi after meeting Mongola Nessa, his nearly 100-year-old mother, in Brahmanbaria district, Bangladesh on September 25.

The 82-year-old was born in Brahmanbaria in 1939 and was sent to live with relatives when he was 10. However, he lost contact with his family after leaving home and was adopted by two sisters.

Abdul Kuddus Munsi (left) holds hands with his mother Mongola Nessa in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh, as they reunite after 70 years.  Photo: AFP.

Abdul Kuddus Munsi (left) holds hands with his mother Mongola Nessa in Brahmanbaria, Bangladesh, as they reunite after 70 years. Photo: AFP.

In April, a businessman posted a video of Kuddus on Facebook, asking for help finding his parents. All Kuddus could remember were the names of his parents and the village they used to live in.

A distant relative in the village saw the post and informed Kuddus that his mother, believed to be almost 100 years old, was still alive. Kuddus then traveled about 350 kilometers from the city of Rajshahi to Brahmanbaria to reunite with his mother after decades of separation. His mother recognized him from a scar on his arm.

“My mother is too old and can’t speak clearly. She burst into tears after seeing me and holding my hand. I told her that her son has returned, from now on she does not have to worry about anything,” Kuddus recounted.

Shafiqul Islam, Kuddus’ grandson, said the mother and daughter “held hands and cried for a long time when they were reunited”. “Hundreds of villagers who came to see this moment also cried,” Islam said.

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