In early March 2017, Hawa Mailon met with Elissa Maish, the Red Cross Restoring Family Links Caseworker in Tucson, Arizona. Hawa’s story involved a first-hand account of most horrific epidemic of the decade and included an ending that no one really anticipated.
Hawa was born and grew up in Guinea Conakry on the west coast of Africa. She married and had two sons, Oumar and Mohammed. For several years after the death of her husband in 2005, Hawa was able to keep her small family together. Eviction from their apartment forced them to split up. Each lived with different friends in various locations. They eventually lost touch with each other. Oumar was only 7 years old. In 2016, Hawa gained refugee status and arrived in Tucson. She never stopped thinking and worrying about her sons. In March 2017, at an informal get-together in Tucson, she lamented the loss of her sons to a young man from Guinea. She was about to experience the serendipity of receiving information that might lead to her son.Read More