BALLWIN, Mo. (AP) -- For years, Munawar Kabashi of suburban St. Louis assumed his oldest child, Mona, was dead. Likewise, she thought her family had been killed.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that they are reunited, making this Christmas an especially joyous time.
In 2004, members of an Arab militia rode into the family’s village in the Darfur region of Sudan on horseback and began burning homes and slaughtering children. Mona, then 5, was separated from the rest of the family, playing in a field of goats and sheep.
She made it home, but her family was gone.
Eventually, Kabashi and the rest of the family made it to safety, eventually settling in the U.S. A refugee organization learned that Mona was alive and helped reunite the family in June.