Across the Border: Boy Reunited with Family after Four Years

Across the Border: Boy Reunited with Family after Four Years

A tribal raid in Ethiopia four years ago saw then-8-year-old Luke Chan* taken from his family and moved across the border into South Sudan. The child was forced to work in a cattle camp while longing for his family and loved ones.

The time away from his family was long and difficult, but the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Ethiopia and South Sudan, in close cooperation with the respective Red Cross societies, has successfully reunited Luke with his family.

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Separated by War, Reconnected by Red Cross

Separated by War, Reconnected by Red Cross

2017 began with very good news for Samuel! He received a Red Cross Message from his younger sister Mimi, for whom he had been searching for many years. The last time the two saw one another was 21 years ago at a family gathering in Ethiopia. The family lost touch with young Mimi, when she and her family fled the violence of the war in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Samuel contacted the American Red Cross chapter in Connecticut to initiate a search for his sister over a year ago. After much effort to gather needed details, speaking with his brother, who is closer to their younger sister, comparing dates and clarifying facts, the tracing inquiry was sent to Red Cross volunteers overseas to begin a search.

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Your Phone is now a Refugee's Phone

Your Phone is now a Refugee's Phone

Hundreds of thousands of refugees continue to flee conflict and political instability in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Many times, one of the only items they carry with them, their only safety net, is their phone. Phones provide access to information and connection to loved ones. Learn just how important these phones can be by watching the following video (best viewed from a mobile device).

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Red Cross Reconnects Family Separated by the Cold War

Red Cross Reconnects Family Separated by the Cold War

In September 2015, the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Red Cross received a call from Linda*, asking for assistance to find her mother Anna’s missing brother in Germany. Anna fled East Germany as a young adult during the Cold War in the mid-1950s. She married an American and they settled in the United States. Anna’s last contact with her family in East Germany was in the mid-1960s by telephone when she was advised to no longer call. Anna is now experiencing early signs of dementia, and wished to find and visit with her brother Emmett before her health deteriorated further. 

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Red Cross support for single mum helps family access rights

Red Cross support for single mum helps family access rights

Since 48-year-old Helena Mateus was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago, she has struggled to provide for herself and her teenage daughter. Over the years, she has undergone surgery and chemotherapy that forced her into early retirement. 

 

Single mum Helena receives 296 Euros (315 Swiss francs) a month in pension and child benefit, leaving her with little to cover costs beyond housing.

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“I pay 231 euro (246 Swiss francs) a month for rent,” she said. “It is difficult to make ends meet, having to pay for the rest of the bills and all the medication I need”

 

The Lisbon branch of the Portuguese Red Cross offered Helena legal  support through the process to prove the paternity of her child. As a result, her 15-year-old-daughter established contact with her father and started receiving a monthly child allowance of 100 euro (106 Swiss francs). The Red Cross also provided Helena with toiletries, a fridge and a pair of prescription glasses she could not otherwise afford.

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