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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Red Crescent Continues Response to Refugee Needs in Morocco

Red Crescent Continues Response to Refugee Needs in Morocco

Leaving behind countries torn apart by conflict and insecurity, diseases, or poverty, thousands of vulnerable people from African and Middle Eastern nations have found refuge in Morocco on their journey to a safer and better life. Morocco currently hosts approximately 100,000 people of different nationalities, with Cameroon, Guinea, and the Senegal being the top countries of origin. But in the past few years, the number of people coming from Syria, Iraq and Yemen has significantly increased, with the majority aspiring to cross the border to Libya and sail towards European countries.

In 2014, the Moroccan Red Crescent signed an agreement with the Ministry of Moroccan Expatriates and Migration Affairs, in which both parties pledged to respond together to the humanitarian needs of these vulnerable communities. The Red Crescent and the ministry have worked together to ensure health services for refugees, in addition to providing them with crucial relief items.

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