This Week in Restoring Family Links: World Refugee Day 2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links: World Refugee Day 2016

This week on June 20th, the world recognized World Refugee Day. A day established by the United Nations to celebrate the resilience of refugees while also calling attention to the plight of millions globally. In order to highlight this occasion, the Restoring Family Links program of the American Red Cross presents the following infographic. 

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Red Cross doctor: "Our primary goal is to save lives."

Red Cross doctor: "Our primary goal is to save lives."

Dr George Lukindo, 33, is always smiling. It seems a bit out of place here, in the middle of a refugee camp, but as the lead doctor of the Tanzania Red Cross Society Mtendeli Hospital, he says he has good reason. Since the hospital opened in January 2016, even with a massive influx of patients, there has not been a single loss of life. It is something Dr George is extremely proud of considering the personal mantra he often repeats to anyone within earshot, “Our primary goal is to save lives.”

The hospital is supporting more than 4,000 Burundian refugees from the adjoining Mtendeli camp, as well as the surrounding villages. That number has increased as refugees were transferred from the overcrowded Nyarugusu camp some three hours south, to reduce pressure on limited resources.

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Human+Kind: Armando's Story

Human+Kind: Armando's Story

My mother brought me to the United States from Mexico in 1973. She told me I had to go to school to become a better person. There was a military base near my high school. I told my mother I wanted to become a soldier so I did.

I feel very proud that I served in the United States Army. I spent 6 months guarding Pershing missiles, stationed in an observation post 7,500 feet above sea level in Germany near the Alps. I was a squad leader. We would remain on duty for 72 hours without rest, we would get relieved for 24 hours, and then return to the observation post for another 72 hours. We all survived and accomplished every mission. I was a warrior.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 06/13/2016 - 06/17/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 06/13/2016 - 06/17/2016

Orlando Shooting: Early morning, June 13, a gunman opened fire in Pulse â€“ a popular gay nightclub in downtown Orlando, killing 49 individuals and injuring 53. This shooting is considered the worse mass shooting in U.S. history. More than 30 injured individuals are still hospitalized as of Tuesday, June 14 – six of them in critical conditions. All the victims were identified.

The American Red Cross released a media statement on the morning after the mass shooting, offering condolences to families of the victims and people in Orlando. 

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Ecuador earthquake: Reuniting families

Stories and videos are from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) 

The earthquake that rocked Ecuador on April 16th caused great uncertainty and anguish among the population. Even though telephone services were re-established within a few hours, many people had no news from their loved ones. The Ecuadorian and Colombian Red Cross received search requests and volunteers immediately began following up each and every request. This video shows how the Red Cross works to bring families back together after natural disasters.