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From Canada to Kerala to meet their mother

March 02, 2006 01:30 IST

It was a warm homecoming for two Canadian sisters who travelled all the way to Kerala to meet their biological mother and brother after nearly 30 years.

For their 67-year-old mother Annamma, all her prayers to see her two daughters were fulfilled. Annamma and her son Benny and his wife came to Kochi airport to receive the sisters when they arrived on Wednesday.

A Canadian family from an orphanage at nearby Kalady had adopted the two sisters -Rosy and Ammini - about 30 years ago. The sisters live in Montreal east and speak only French.

They had contacted the Quebec Malayali Association seeking some information about their mother. The association's former president, Mathew Mundiyamkal, who along with some other Keralites flew down with the two sisters, told PTI that they had traced Annamma with the help of a birthday photograph.

The association contacted people in Kerala and through great difficulty could gather information that Rosy and Ammini hailed from Kokkamangal in Alapuzha district.

Rosy's husband, who works in the French newspaper La Presse, accompanied them.

After her husband's death at Chennai, Annamma and her four children moved to Kerala. She was finding it difficult to make two ends meet despite working in houses as a maid and later left for Chertala to became a coir worker.

Annamma said poverty forced her to send her four children to an orphanage at Kalady in Ernakulam and from there her two daughters were adopted by a Canadian couple when Rosy was 10 years old and Ammini 8.

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