A Canadian is being reunited with her family in a bid to return to her home country of Afghanistan, and she is being hailed as an example to others.
Zainab Hossain is one of the many people whose hopes have been raised for the return of a group of women kidnapped from their village near Kandahar in 2012.
The group, called the Ghazi Ghazal, are still missing and presumed dead.
She is now back in her native Afghanistan, where she is living with her parents and sisters.
She has travelled to Canada and Canada is taking a closer look at the group.
“It’s a very big deal for me,” said Hossains mother.
“The return of the Ghazals is a big deal.”
Hossans father says he has had to make some difficult decisions about how to return her to his home country.
“I am not happy about that,” said his father, Abdul Rahman.
“My wife has already given up.
We have two children and we have a house.
We need to get back to where we belong.”
HOSSAIN HAS BEEN ALIVE IN ANOTHER COUNTRY FOR SEVERAL YEARS Her mother said her daughter was living in a refugee camp in the United States when she was kidnapped.
“They have said she was held in a very cruel environment and the way they treated her and her sisters was cruel,” said her mother.
Her father, who was with her when she first arrived in Canada, said he had never thought that she would come to his country.
He said the kidnappers have never spoken to her since.
“There’s no words for how terrible it must have been for them to see their daughter and to feel that their daughter was in captivity,” he said.
HOSSANDA HAS ALREADY BEEN TO THE UNITED STATES IN THE LAST TWO YEARS FOR EXAMPLE TRAVELING In June, Hossaina arrived in the U.S. for her first official visit.
Her family said she had been living in the Minneapolis area since 2011.
Hossany says her family has made a big difference in the lives of the women.
“We’ve been through so much.
The whole journey is very hard,” said Rahman.
HOSSAIN IS BACK WITH HIS FAMILY A week after her arrival, the group of six women who were kidnapped in 2012 are set to fly to Canada for their first official trip.
It’s expected to be the first time the women have come to a country they have been forced to leave.
Hoseain, who has been living with them since she was taken in 2012, said she feels safe with them now.
“This has been a very good experience for me, for my family and I think that I have done a good job in making my parents happy and my sister happy,” she said.
She added she hopes the group will also help raise awareness for the war and the government’s handling of the issue.
“That is the message that needs to be sent to the world.
If you see it, you can help and you can change it.”