Restoring Family Links: Connecting Susan Stevens

Restoring Family Links: Connecting Susan Stevens

Hugh and Susan Stevens are on a mission to preserve part of their family history. A few years ago, the couple visited the Jewish Museum in Berlin and after reading about the people and families impacted, she felt it was time to dig further into her own untold family story.

While cleaning out some items that belonged to her late aunt, Vera Rosenthal, Susan stumbled upon two well-preserved typed letters emblazoned with the American Red Cross logo.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 06/27/2016 - 07/01/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 06/27/2016 - 07/01/2016

With the increasing violence in the country, the South Sudanese government has declared that their Independence Day would not be celebrated so that they can “spend the little that [they] have on other issues.

This year marks South Sudan’s fifth years after it broke away from Sudan after decades of conflict.

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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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Reuniting Refugee Families Separated by Conflict and Bureaucracy

Reuniting Refugee Families Separated by Conflict and Bureaucracy

One-year-old Omar from Aleppo in Syria has rejoined his refugee parents in England after a four-month separation, thanks to the combined efforts of the British Red Cross and the ICRC's Beirut delegation.

Amid the chaos of conflict and violence, many things can get lost or left behind when people flee to safety. Family homes, treasured possessions and connections with loved ones are often the things people on the move miss the most. But also at risk are critical documents: birth certificates, passports and other official paperwork that ensures refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants can cross borders, be resettled and seek assistance in other countries. When homes and offices are reduced to rubble and people have very little time to escape, important documents are often destroyed or left behind, presenting people on the move with major problems when it comes to their legal status, resettlement and access to services.

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