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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Former Refugee Provides Loving Home for Unaccompanied Refugee Children

Former Refugee Provides Loving Home for Unaccompanied Refugee Children

Geras Shoukulu arrived in the United States as an unaccompanied refugee minor. He knows what it is like to find yourself in a strange land, having to start a new life far from the comforts of home, family, friends and culture. Today, he and his wife, Jacqueline Mukandekezi, pay it forward by fostering unaccompanied refugee minors. Working with the American Red Cross, the couple seeks to reunite the children with their families while helping them create a new life in America.

For their contribution to reducing the suffering of children, Geras Shoukulu and Jacqueline Mukandekezi will receive the Red Cross International Services Award at the American Red Cross Heroes Soiree in Denver, Colorado on Friday, February 26, 2016.

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