This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/23/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/23/17

Portugal: A program set up by the Portuguese Red Cross has helped a single mother diagnosed with cancer. Helena Mateus was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago which has caused her to retire early. Mateus said “It is difficult to make ends meet, having to pay the rest of the  bills and all the medication I need.” Mateus not only has to provide for herself but her teenage daughter.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 12/27/16-12/28/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 12/27/16-12/28/16

Philippines: The Philippine Red Cross has been providing aid following the effects of Typhoon Nock-Ten. The typhoon caused as many as 400,000 people to be displaced and they have been forced to seek refuge in places such as public buildings or schools. Volunteers of the Red Cross have been working to provide basic necessities to those affected, as many as 3,000 people were provided meals by the Red Cross so far. The Chairman of the Philippine Red Cross Richard Gordon spoke out about the disaster and said “ is important to remember that in recent months, the country has been struck by four major typhoons and it is often the same people who get hit each time by these storms. They become increasingly vulnerable and need extra support to recover.”

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 11/30/16-12/1/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 11/30/16-12/1/16

Haiti: It is found that many people are having their Dominican citizenship taken away and being pushed across the border into Haiti by the Dominican Government. In 2013 the Dominican court stripped many of their identities due to a nationality law. In 2015 a new law was passed in order to help those affected secure their rights to citizenship but it is being unsuccessfully carried out. Pregnant women and children are being affected and living in very poor conditions. Sky Wheeler, a Women’s Rights Emergency Researcher, said “not only have many been deprived of their right to nationality, they are not getting the assistance they so desperately need.”

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 10/4/2016-10/7/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 10/4/2016-10/7/2016

Hurricane Matthew: Due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew, the Bahamas Red Cross is attending to the need of storm hit communities by dispatching emergency response teams to provide aid. The Red Cross attempted to evacuate communities before the storm hit and relocate them to shelters to avoid the dangers of flooding and landslides. Those who were not evacuated will need emergency assistance.

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A Lost Soldier, Found

A Lost Soldier, Found

I started my first assignment as a new Restoring Family Links caseworker with Karl in September of 2015. He contacted the American Red Cross looking for help in locating the final resting place of a missing family member, last seen leaving for battle with a horse-drawn artillery unit heading for Russia in March of 1944. The German soldier, Heinrich M., had come to Frankfurt to check on his family and had married his fiancé one day before rejoining his unit. He was never heard from again. Karl, Heinrich’s nephew, wanted, once and for all, to provide his mother and aunt, Heinrich’s sisters who were now both in their 90s, an answer as to what had happened to their brother during World War II.

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