Facebook Helps Reunite Two Sisters After 72 Years

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After 72 years without contact, two sisters from Bosnia are brought together once again through the help of the social network, Facebook.  It was also found that they had been living only 200 kilometers away from each other.

Separated During the War

According to the website of a daily, Nezavisne Novine, Hedija Talic, 82 years old, and Tanija Delic, 88 years old, had not seen each other since the year 1941.  At the beginning of the Second World War, Talic was separated from her family in northwest Bosnia, while they were fleeing from their village.  She was 11 years old at the time.

Reunited Through Facebook

During the war, Talic’s parents were killed, her brother went to the United States, and she wound up in an orphanage.  She shares that after the war, some people told her that her family went to the U.S., while others said that they had been killed.  Basically, she had lost hope that she would ever see her family again.

Two sisters reunite after 72 years with the help of Facebook. (Image: via nodeju.com)

Two sisters reunite after 72 years with the help of Facebook. (Image: via nodeju.com)

Eventually, Talic moved to a village near Tuzla, a town in the northeast, with her family.  Meanwhile, her sister was living in a northwest Bosnia village.  One day, Talic’s son became interested in tracing his family tree.  Through Facebook, he was able to contact his aunt’s daughter.

An Emotional Reunion

Soon after, the two sisters met; it was a tearful reunion, they shared to the daily.  Together, they recalled memories of their childhood.  Now, they are planning to contact their brother or his family, whom they believe to be residing in the U.S.



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