When college students Nissma Bencheikh and Roaya Jannatipourm met at UC Berkeley during freshman year, the two girls instantly clicked and became best friends.
“We hit it off right away, we’re both pre-med, both Canadian, both Moroccan,” Bencheikh told ABC News.
Such good friends in fact, that they decided to be roommates for their sophomore year at Berkeley. The girls had a lot in common, but on their move-in day they discovered that they had a lot more in common than they thought.
“I was FaceTiming with my mom in my room, and I thought I’d bring her out to meet Nissma’s dad,” Jannatipour, 18, said.
The college sophomore gave the phone to Bencheikh’s father who only spoke to Jannatipourm’s mother for a few minutes, but it didn’t take long for her dad to realize who his daughter’s friend’s mom really was — his wife’s long-lost best friend.
It turns out Jannatipourm and Bencheikh had met before — 16 years ago in Canada, as babies — when their mothers were not only neighbors, but best friends. The girls even discovered they have baby pictures together taken by their mothers.
“This is insane,” Bencheikh, 19, said when she realized the unbelievable connection. “How often do you find out that one of your best friends as a young adult you actually have baby pictures with that you don’t even remember?”
Nissma Bencheikh and Roaya Jannatipour learned they were best friends as babies too.
Even more amazing, Rouya’s mom, Naima Souissi, and Nissma’s mom, Saida Chehbouni, also went to college together and were even pregnant with their daughters at the same time.
“They went to university together, they lived down the street from each other, used to talk, used to have dinner,” said Jannatipourm.
Jannatipourm’s mom even named Bencheikh’s sister at her birth.
The friends and college roommates discovered that their moms were also best friends and also went to the same college.
But the women lost contact after they moved from Canada to the U.S. Jannatipourm’s family moved to Irvine, California, and a year later, Bencheikh’s family moved to northern Virginia — 2,000 miles apart.
Without internet or cell phones, it was impossible to find each other and the best friends never heard from each other again until their daughters became best friends 16 years later.
Jannatipourm said her mom tried to find her long-lost friend on Facebook a while ago but never did.
So the daughters planned a surprise reunion for their mothers and their reactions were priceless.
They went to New York, met up with their mothers separately, and went to Central Park for a walk.
They had no idea what was about to unfold was an incredible surprise reunion. When the moms saw each other, they were in just as much disbelief as their daughters were when they discovered their incredible history.
It was an emotional reunion — 16 years in the making.
“I missed you so much,” Souissi told Chehbouni. Chehbouni said that she thought of Souissi as “my best friend and my family.”
Souissi told ABC News “the whole family will be together again.”