Insight

Insight

Reunited
Season 1  |  Episode 6  |  SBS  |  March 20, 2018

What happens after reuniting with someone, following a long period of separation? Meet the Somali refugee family reunited in Australia after eight years apart; the Greek man who met his biological brothers for the fist time at age 25 after learning the woman he'd known as his mother was in fact his biological aunt; a recovering addict who avoided her twin sister's attempts to contact her for 13 years; and the Look Me in the Eye participant who tried to reconnect with the father who walked out on her family. Jenny Brockie takes a look at what happens when people reunite after spending a long time apart, whether it be after a conflict or after a rift is opened.

What happens after reuniting with someone, following a long period of separation? Meet the Somali refugee family reunited in Australia after eight years apart; the Greek man who met his biological brothers for the fist time at age 25 after learning the woman he'd known as his mother was in fact his biological aunt; a recovering addict who avoided her twin sister's attempts to contact her for 13 years; and the Look Me in the Eye participant who tried to reconnect with the father who walked out on her family. Jenny Brockie takes a look at what happens when people reunite after spending a long time apart, whether it be after a conflict or after a rift is opened.

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