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BBC journalist in emotional reunion with family she met in Syria while reporting on picnic for refugees in Toronto

Lyse Doucet was visibly moved by the surprise reunion

Olivia Blair
Tuesday 20 September 2016 11:30 BST
Lyse Doucet reunited with Syrian family she reported on two years ago

In moving footage, a BBC correspondent has been filmed accidentally being reunited with a Syrian refugee family she had not seen since they fled Syria.

Lyse Doucet, the corporation's veteran Chief International Correspondent, spotted the family while reporting at a picnic for Syrian refugees in Toronto, Canada. Doucet had not spoken to the Sabbagh family since meeting them in the Syrian capital in 2014 when she was reporting on the civil war which has ravaged the nation for five years.

In a clip of the reunion which was broadcast on BBC World News, Doucet runs up to a woman and embraces her. She then greets the children and welcomes them to Canada, lifting a little boy into her arms.

In 2014, Doucet visited the family at the home where 11-year-old Daad told her she was suffering from nightmares, living in fear and was scared of the future after witnessing so much horror and destruction in her country. Now, showing Doucet her new bedroom, she says she leads a happy life and no longer has the nightmares.

Canada has welcomed over 30,000 refugees in the last year alone and at the beginning of the year, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, personally greeted refugee children arriving at Toronto Pearson airport.

By contrast, last year David Cameron pledged the UK would take in 20,000 Syrian refugees over a five-year-period. Over the weekend, thousands of British protesters marched on Downing Street to demand the UK takes in more as thousands of desperate refugees continue to die making the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean.

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