A brother and sis­ter re­united af­ter 50 years


As jour­nal­ists we want to make a dif­fer­ence. When an email came across my desk from Kathy Ah­mad in look­ing to place a clas­si­fied ad about her search for her brother, I knew there was a chance I could help.

Clas­si­fied ads are a great way to gar­ner at­ten­tion, but I felt her search would be more eas­ily re­solved with an ar­ti­cle posted on­line and in print.

So, I reached out to her and thank­fully she was will­ing to tell me the full story of how she and her brother had been sep­a­rated as chil­dren in Pictou – first placed in sep­a­rate fos­ter homes, then adopted into dif­fer­ent fam­i­lies. Ah­mad was liv­ing near Toledo, Ohio, but wanted to find the brother she had lost.

She tried DNA searches, a lawyer and even a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor, but had no luck. Her story told of a larger prob­lem with the adop­tion sys­tem in Nova Sco­tia which is so clamped down, she could get no in­for­ma­tion about her brother or where he had gone, even though they were both now in their 60s.

It took a lit­tle over a week af­ter the story was first pub­lished, but a man reached out via email say­ing, he thought per­haps he was Ah­mad’s brother. I re­ceived the email from one of our other Saltwire news­rooms and for­warded it on to Ah­mad. The next day – Thanks­giv­ing Day in the U.S. – she got to speak to her brother for the first time in more than 50 years.

It felt good to have played a part in re­unit­ing them af­ter so much time.


Kathy Ah­mad and her brother, John, de­picted in this photo, were sep­a­rated when they were chil­dren. With the help of The News, they were re­united af­ter more than 50 years.

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