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Family reunited after 12 years

Carlos Atwell

Family reunited after 12 years

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There were smiles and tears at the Grantley Adams International Airport yesterday as a mother laid eyes on her children in person for the first time in more than a decade.
Tisa Harper left these shores in 2001 at age 24 bound for the United States in search of a better life for herself and, indirectly, for her two daughters, who were but infants at the time.
When a MIDWEEK NATION team spoke to Harper, she said it was not an easy decision.
“I left in 2001 and went to Boston to start a new life for me and to start a better life for them. It was a hard decision but I had to do it,” she said.
Harper, now 36, said her children – Ronisha, 14, and Tianna, 12 – lived with their grandmother Kerline Griffith in St James, as she was the “backbone” of the family.
The big reunion was originally planned to be an elaborate surprise for the sisters but they revealed the secret had been given away by their grandfather. Still, it was no less an emotional time as they finally got to see their mother after so many years.