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Two women in their 60s reunited at a train station.
Surtag and Carol. Photo by Manar Adel

Story by Carol Fadoe

In 1963 I was twelve years old living in Aden (now Yemen) where I met Surtag Hack who lived in Khormaksar. We became friends but in August 1964 my family left to return to the UK.

Surtag visited us at our home near Oxford and we met up a few times in London. We continued to correspond but due to the difficult situation which was developing in Aden letters did not always get through and by the mid 1990s we had lost touch.

About three years ago, a member of Khormaksar School Facebook group saw an article in the Burngreave Messenger and wrote to ask me if this was the same Surtag. Of course it was, and after a bit of detective work I was able to track her down! When I called Surtag she was very surprised and happy.

Two women in their 60s reunited at a train station.
Surtag and Carol. Photo by Manar Adel

Since then we have kept in touch  by email but it wasn’t until last week that we finally met up again. We had a wonderful reunion at Sheffield station and I received such a warm welcome from all the family. We reminisced about the happy days in Aden and looked at old photos. We have vowed not to leave it long before our next meeting!

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