(PRESS HERALD/SUSAN KIMBALL) -- Haroun Adam is sitting in a waiting area at the Portland International Jetport, counting the minutes until 11:06 p.m., when Delta Flight 5127 is scheduled to arrive from New York.
A half-dozen people – most of them fellow Sudanese – keep him company. Everybody is smiling.
"I want to be here," says Adam's friend Ayman Musa, "because I know how it feels when your family comes."
Adam, 35, has waited almost five years for this moment. That's how long he's been apart from his wife and their four young sons. He has never met their last- born, 4-year-old Maaz.
"It was so difficult," he says. "But many, many people, they helped me. I really appreciate. I never forget."