A Mother's Love is Timeless

A Mother's Love is Timeless

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. 

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 10/11/16-10/14/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 10/11/16-10/14/16

Guinea: A year has passed by and still those who have suffered at the hands of election violence in Conakry, Guinea have not received justice. Authorities are calling for steps to be taken for those who were shot, raped or beaten, to ensure justice is rightfully awarded. The election violence began with President Alpha Conde running against seven others, including his main opposition leader who had lost to him in the past. There was mistrust of the government around election time as the country was in the midst of the fight against Ebola. It was also found that the country has a past history of violence around elections.  

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