As a child, Mevan Babbakar spent 5 years of her life as a refugee in the Netherlands, while there, a man bought her a bicycle so she tried tracking him down.


Global – Mevan Babbakar took a shot in the dark and it paid off more than she could have ever imagined. Growing up, Mevan and her family became refugees after fleeing a war-torn country.

They fled and made their way to the Netherlands. By this time Mevan was a 5-year-old little girl. As the family began to settle into their new lives, a man took a shine to the shy little refugee girl. He bought Mevan a small bicycle and forever earned a place in her heart.

Mevan and her family lived as refugees in Zwolle, Netherlands for five years before moving on. The man forever remained on Mevan’s heart.

Armed with just a picture of the man, Mevan took to Twitter to ask for help in finding out his name.

People started retweeting the post as a way to help spread it as far as possible. Just two hours after her original Tweet, Mevan tweeted that she would be appearing on a local news segment to help her story reach even more people.

Her story started gaining global attention and within 24-hours, the light of her refugee life was found.

“Not only did I find him, but I’ve also had other refugees reach out to me and tell me that he and his wife helped them too! Their kindness has touched so many lives. One woman said “they weren’t friends to me, they were family”

After being seen globally, other people who helped out at the refugee camp reached out. A woman who taught Mevan how to use a computer was moved to tears to learn that she ended up working in the tech industry.

The internet helped connect them within 36-hours, now that is using its powers for good!

Sources: Twitter 
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