This week in Restoring Family Links: 05/23/2016-05/27/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links: 05/23/2016-05/27/2016

World Humanitarian Summit: From May 23 to May 24 in Istanbul, Turkey, the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon initiated the first World Humanitarian Summit. The summit was convened at a time period when “protracted conflict, instability, and forced displacement are the defining features of the global landscape,” and when the growth of financial needs for these crises increases significantly. The summit thus urged world leaders, organizations, and others to take more actions to aid those needs as well as to prevent further human suffering. 

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This week in Restoring Family Links 05/16/2016 – 05/20/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links 05/16/2016 – 05/20/2016

SRI LANKA: 22 of Sri Lanka’s 26 districts are still recovering from landslides, mudslides, and floods that have been occurring since the beginning of the week. This has led to the displacement of over 350,000 people. The incidents occur frequently during the monsoon season, but due to the El Nino phenomenon, the heavy rains have become more fierce “for so early in the rainy season,” with signs of continuing for weeks. On May 18, two major landslides in the Kegalle disctrict, which is about 75 miles east of the country’s capital, has caused 58 deaths and buried 220 families so far.

The Sri Lankan government has sent troops to the affected areas to rescue people trapped by the landslides. However, it is expected that the death toll will increase significantly as hopes to rescue the trapped individuals dwindle. Following the landslides were torrential rains, which caused tremendous difficulties in rescue missions and created further risks of landslides. Some of the affected places areas are inaccessible, even by helicopters.

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Red Cross Message Brings Good News After Cyclone Winston

Red Cross Message Brings Good News After Cyclone Winston

Two months after Cyclone Winston, Timoci*, a prisoner sitting in Suva Remand Centre, Fiji, was getting worried. He knew there had been deaths from the category 5 cyclone and he had still not heard from any of his family members.

Talking to a visiting International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) protection delegate, he found out he could write a message to his family about their health and well-being after the cyclone and the Fiji Red Cross Society could hand-deliver it.

One hundred kilometres away, Jone was at home in Tailevu when he answered a knock at the door to find a Fiji Red Cross volunteer. She was holding a piece of paper which she told him was a message from his uncle.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links 4/25/2016 - 4/29/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links 4/25/2016 - 4/29/2016

Ecuador: Ecuador is still reeling from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the coast on April 16, which has caused 655  deaths and about 4,600 critically injuries. both of which continue to climb as rescue crews search and pull people from the rubble. The capital of Quito did not report extensive damage, but six coastal provinces have been placed under a state of emergency. Much of these provinces' infrastructure is severely damaged, and thousands are still left stranded without reliable communication, aid supplies, or running water. The Ecuadorian government has deployed 10,000 armed forces members to these provinces to set up temporary shelters and hospitals. 

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This Week in Restoring Family Links 2/22/16 - 2/26/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links 2/22/16 - 2/26/16

Cyclone Winston: On February 20, Cyclone Winston, the worst storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere, struck the island country of Fiji as a category 5 storm. Tens of thousands of residents remain homeless from the storm's destruction, and many have moved to evacuation centers, waiting for aid to reach them. The current death toll from the storm stands at 42, but the country's National Disaster Management Office warns that that number will likely rise as the island copes with the aftermath. 

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