August 19, 2017 · 11:21 AM
All The Feels: Brother And Sister Meet For The First Time After 19 Years Apart
March 21, 2017 · BOTWC Staff
24-year-old Jazmin Towe has waited 19 years to meet her little brother Jibril Hardy, who was given up for adoption by her father and stepmother after being born in North Carolina. Jazmin and Jabril share the same father (Jibril is Jazmin's father and stepmother's first child together). Jazmin, who grew up living with her mother and older sister, shared that her father and stepmother "had to give (Jabril) away for a lot of different reasons." Jibril ended up living in Texas with his adoptive parents.
However, 19 years after Jazmin's stepmother made the difficult decision to give her son up for adoption, she decided to do a Google search of his name and current location. To her surprise, she found a photo of her son that was attached to his Twitter account. Since Jazmin's little sister Tatiana reached out to Jibril through a direct message on Twitter, the family has reconnected on FaceTime and Jibril even got the chance to meet his father, mother and four biological siblings in person for the first time. Their heartwarming reunion was captured on video, shared on Jazmin's Twitter page.
"It felt amazing meeting him for the first time," Jazmine said. "I had been looking for years, so it felt like a huge relief to finally have him in front of us."
Surprised my little brother after 19 years 🙌🏼🙏🏼❤😭 pic.twitter.com/HuymAV2Z6i— Jibril (@King23Hardy) March 13, 2017
Jibril said of the special moment: "I was nervous. The moment was overwhelming. My little brother had the biggest reaction. I can't even explain the feeling when me and my parents hugged for the first time."