Woman Asks The Internet To Help Find A Man Who Bought Her A Bike When She Was A 5-Year-Old Refugee, The Internet Delivers

Things just can’t be forgotten, no matter how hard you try, no matter how old you get. Like knowing how to ride a bike. Or an act of kindness so sweet that it leaves an indelible mark on your heart, forever.

Twitter user Mevan Babakar recently asked for the internet’s help in finding the kind person from her past who gave her a bicycle as a gift when she was 5 years old and living in a refugee camp. Not only did the internet dig up the kind-hearted man’s name, but Mevan also met up with him once again in just 36 hours! We love reunions that make us feel all warm inside!

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Mevan Babakar asked the internet for help in locating the man who bought her a bike when she was a child refugee

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Mevan spent a year living in the refugee camp near Zwolle in the Netherlands

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The woman received overwhelming support from Twitter and internet users

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29-year-old Mevan, who according to her online profile is a huge pancake lover, told the internet a tear-jerking story from her childhood. She was born in Baghdad, Iraq, to Kurdish parents, and spent a year of her childhood as a refugee near Zwolle in the Netherlands. One day, a man working at the camp bought Mevan a shiny new bicycle, which left such a deep impression that she never ever forgot about it.

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She met up with her hero Egbert in Germany, where he lives

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Wanting to meet the man once again to properly thank him, Mevan reached out to the internet for help. And boy, did the internet deliver! Mevan’s plea for help went viral, and within a day and a half she was already meeting up with the man named Egbert — an orchid-lover who doesn’t smile in photos. The pair met in Germany where Egbert lives, and Mevan bought him a postcard with an old man riding a bicycle as a gift. We think it’s very fitting!

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Mevan told  in an interview that she “felt apprehensive and excited before meeting him [Egbert], but eventually very calm and comfortable. It was like seeing an old relative again.”

“I always knew the internet was full of incredible and lovely people and this just confirmed it for me! I am so grateful to everyone who helped me find him. It was another gift altogether!” Mevan was overjoyed with everyone’s help.

“He was so pleased to see me, and we are working on plans to see each other again,” said Mevan. She also revealed that she doesn’t know the fate of her shiny red bike: “Unfortunately I have no idea what happened to it. We left the Netherlands for London and the bike had to stay behind.”

The BBC writes that Mevan and her parents ran away from Iraq during the first Gulf War. They then traveled via Turkey, Azerbaijan, and Russia to get to the refugee camp near Zwolle, where they stayed between 1994 and 1995. The family’s fortunes then took an upward turn, and eventually, they sank their roots in London. Mevan is now the head of automated fact-checking at the UK’s independent charity Full Fact, though she has now taken a sabbatical from work to “retrace her refugee journey.” All we hope is that she brought her bike with her.

Internet users were awed by Mevan’s story

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