Sudanese girl reunited with parents

June 16, 2009 5:35:26 PM PDT
It has been an emotional week for a 4-year-old girl from Sudan who was reunited with her parents Monday after leaving a refugee camp in Darfur. Wesal Adam landed at JFK Airport Monday morning after more than two years of separation from Motasim and Wejdan Adam, according to the New York Times.

Her parents were able to convince U.S. Immigration officials to allow her to leave the war-torn area of the African nation.

The family sought asylum in Brooklyn after Motasim was imprisoned for criticizing the Sudanese government. He was granted the request in 2002, and Wejdan joined him two years later.

According to the family's lawyer, Wesal was denied asylum because she was conceived after her father was granted asylum.

U.S. law mandates that a relationship must exist between the person applying for asylum and their children at the time an application is approved.

Wejdan made the decision to leave Wesal with friends in the Darfur refugee camp.

Wesal was granted a "humanitarian parole" last month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which allowed her to leave the impoverished nation.


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