GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Tamba Biango remembers the fall of 1991 like it was yesterday. He was in Sierra Leone, Africa, when war broke out.
"I was at my grandfathers house when the rebels attacked," Biango said.
He escaped the fighting, but was separated from his mother. Some in the family feared she was dead.
"I asked where is my mom? They said they don't know. I asked one of my aunts, she said probably my mom is dead," Biango said.
Biango eventually came to America as a refugee and found out that his mother was alive and living in a refugee camp in Africa.
"She said oh you are my son and you are alive," Biango said.
The years passed, Biango settled in Grand Rapids, got married and had four kids.
Every time he tried to reconnect with his mother obstacles arose. But recently, he got word that she was approved to come to America.
"I'm really overjoyed to see my mother after 25 years, I have not seen her -- 25 solid years," Biango said.
Then in the middle of an interview with WZZM 13 on Monday, Nov. 14, the wait came to an end as Tamba's mother landed at Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids.
Biango's children got a chance to meet their grandmother for the first time.
"I'm really happy... I'm really happy," Biango said.
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