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Mamadou reunited with family after 11-year wait

Prince George's Mamadou Tounkara is one excited fellow these days. "Sometimes I sleep, sometimes I don't," said Tounkara, whose 11-year wait to see his wife and children ended Thursday in Vancouver.
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Prince George's Mamadou Tounkara is one excited fellow these days.

"Sometimes I sleep, sometimes I don't," said Tounkara, whose 11-year wait to see his wife and children ended Thursday in Vancouver.

Mamadou traveled there, courtesy of the Bank of Montreal, to greet wife Fatoumata, and children Amadou, 18, Marian,16 and Abrahim, 11, whom he has never seen, and will bring them to their new home in Prince George Friday afternoon.

The Prince George community was outstanding in raising the $12,000-plus needed to fly the four from the republic of Guinea in Africa, said Jeanne Clough executive assistant to MP Dick Harris who spearheaded the reunion of family.

"We just want to thank everyone who helped in this successful endeavour. Prince George is such a giving and unbelievable community."

Clough added when West Jet airline offered to fly Fatoumata and the children home Friday from Vancouver to Prince George, it freed up enough of the donated money to purchase food and three twin beds and mattresses for the children. There will be gift baskets for all and flowers for Fatoumata's first Mother's Day, Canadian style.