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Young son of slain Afghan AFP journalist welcomed by extended family in Canada

Published on May 1, 2014 12:20 PM
Mr Bashir Mirzad holds his nephew Abuzar Ahmad as he is greeted by nearly 100 family and well wishers at Pearson Airport in Toronto on  April 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TORONTO (AFP) - Six weeks after surviving a Taleban attack on a Kabul hotel that left his father, mother, brother and sister dead, miracle child Abuzar Ahmad arrived in Canada on Wednesday to start his life anew.

The son of a slain AFP reporter, a little Afghan boy who will soon turn three, was accompanied on a two-day voyage from Kabul to Toronto by his new guardians, cousin Turaj Rais Mohammad and his wife.

Wearing jeans and a blue cap to keep him warm and protect the scars left by a bullet wound to his head, the orphan and his new guardians arrived in Toronto late on Wednesday.

"Welcome to Toronto Abuzar," read a banner hung outside the airport by other members of his extended family, awaiting his arrival. The slight child's interim residence permit was inspected by Canadian officials and he appeared calm, after having slept for much of the more than ten-hour flight from Istanbul.

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