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Belfast Telegraph helps reunite Kincora survivor with family

An advert taken out in the Belfast Telegraph has helped a man reunite with family members that he didn't know he had.

Jim Miller thought he was an only child until his cousin rang him to tell him there was an advert in the Belfast Telegraph asking for him with a phone number to call.

The advert asked him to get in touch and read "Richard James Anthony Miller, aged 51, born Canada and last known in Belfast 1964".

His mother had told him he was an only child and that his father had died in 1966.

Mr Miller was taken into care and suffered abuse at the Kincora Boys' Home in east Belfast.

His cousin urged him to respond to the ad and when he rang the attached number he was put through to an agency that helps find missing relatives.

Mr Miller was told that he had family in England and his half-sister wanted to get in touch.

He was initially hesitant but eventually rang the number provided by the agency.

"These are things you see on TV, it's never actually yourself. It was amazing, a mixture of all sorts of emotions but I thought it can't do any harm to phone," Mr Miller told the BBC.

After speaking for a few days he flew to Manchester to meet his half-sister Judy Hindle.

"I didn't need a photograph," Mr Miller said.

"Even though I had no idea what she looked like, as soon as I saw her, I knew who she was."

Judy said it was an instant connection with her half-brother.

"From the minute we spoke on the phone, it was like what they call a soul connection - it was instant," she said.

Mr Miller then learned he had extended family in Canada and spent a number of years living there and re-connecting.

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