Emotional scenes as Eritrean boy is reunited with his dad after mother's tragic death

A three-year-old Eritrean boy who lost his mother in a car accident in Libya was reunited with his father at Malta airport this afternoon.

Tages Gebregzabher smiled broadly, hugged his son Abiel and kissed him three times as soon as he arrived on a flight from Tripoli.

It was the first time he had seen him in over two years, but last week, through the Church's Migrants' Commission, he made an appeal to the government to allow the toddler to come to Malta.

Special permission was granted immediately.