Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) sends out quite a few press releases each year, but on Friday, Sept. 8, the airport sent out a highly unusual one – one that shared an inspirational story that airport officials wanted people to know about.
The release said everyone at PTIA was “thrilled to share an extraordinary tale of courage, determination, and the unbreakable bond of love that has captivated our hearts.”
The story is of a woman, Seniya Siyum, who, in 2016, left her homeland in Uganda and came to North Carolina with her two eldest children to ensure their safety.
That decision meant Seniya and her children would be separated from her husband, who had to stay behind “due to circumstances beyond their control.”
The move to North Carolina was emotionally painful, however, Seniya was compelled to keep her children safe.
And her arrival in North Carolina brought another unexpected turn of events – she soon learned she was carrying a new baby.
“Amidst the challenges of adapting to a new country, raising her children alone, and navigating a pregnancy without the presence of her husband, Seniya’s strength shone brightly,” the press release states. “In 2017, just a year after her youngest daughter’s birth, she started working at PTI Airport. Her remarkable work ethic and dedication quickly earned her promotions, reflecting her determination to create a better life for her family.”
The press release also spoke of her unwavering resilience and the positive influence that she’s had on those at the airport.
Seniya, in turn, said she was extremely grateful for the support PTIA has given her over the years.
“I was very happy, and Airport Authority felt like a family, they supported me when things got hard,” she was quoted as saying in the release. “They understood that I was a single mother of three kids, and that I worked so hard at my job. My current position is a Facility Coordinator, and it feels rewarding to see my hard work being noticed.”
She met her husband in 2013, and the seven-year long-distance relationship has been preserved by the love for one another.
“For Seniya and her husband, the journey was marked by years of waiting and longing, but their unwavering hope and the dream of a complete family fueled their perseverance,” the release stated.
On Thursday, Sept. 7, the two were finally reunited when her husband flew into PTIA.
“Their reunion is a celebration of love’s triumph over challenges and a reminder that no obstacle is insurmountable when hearts are united,” the release noted, adding that “PTI was proud to play a part in this long overdue reunion, welcoming Seniya’s husband, Sena Sora Emana, on September 7th at our airport, witnessing firsthand the power of unyielding dedication and a love that transcends borders. This heartwarming tale reminds us that the human spirit shines brightest, and love conquers all.”