This week in Restoring Family Links: 08/08/2016 - 08/12/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links: 08/08/2016 - 08/12/2016

Olympics: The 2016 Olympics started in Rio on August 5, with over 200 country participants. For the first time in Olympic history, there is a refugee team competing under the Olympics’ official flag. Coming from Syria, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia, these athletes are refugees fleeing from their home countries to escape violence, persecutions, and wars. The decision to have a refugee team to compete in the Olympics was praised as it would help raising awareness of the current refugee plight as well as giving hopes to the displaced populations. 

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Nigeria: Reuniting refugee children with their families

Nigeria: Reuniting refugee children with their families

Armed conflict in northeast Nigeria and the Lake Chad region has displaced an estimated two million people. Around 150,000 people have fled to neighbouring countries while many more remain internally displaced.

The Dar Es Salam camp in the Baga Sola region of Chad is home to around 5,000 refugees. Many of them are children, and many of those children are completely alone. The ICRC works to reunite children divided and displaced by conflict back with their families. Learn more about how we're working to restore family links

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Human+Kind: Cristian's Story

Human+Kind: Cristian's Story

I’m originally from Tijuana. Things have changed around here a lot. It’s like living in another world. Life here makes people go to extremes: steal, fight, do and sell drugs. Things that we don’t want, nobody [from Tijuana] wants. We just want a stable life and a stable job.

I’m not working right now because of my disability. I get upset and frustrated because a person like me can do twice the work of an able-bodied person [if given the chance]. I’ve been working for a store owner off-and-on and I finish my work in half an hour. She’s known me since I was a kid. People ask me if my disability allows me to work like that and I say that it allows me to do that and more. But some people are afraid to hire me.

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This week in Restoring Family Links: 08/01/2016 - 08/05/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links: 08/01/2016 - 08/05/2016

U.N.: Late night of August 2, the United Nations member states finalized a statement for adoption at the UN Summit that aims to tackle the refugee crisis and future similar emergencies on September 19. The statement, considered by human rights critics, is watered down. One of the reasons why is that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Global Compact on Refugees was not included in the statement, and it is said that the Compact will not be agreed before 2018.

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Burundian refugees restore contact with their families

Burundian refugees restore contact with their families

Since the Burundi crisis began in 2015, more than 250,000 people have fled to the neighbouring countries of Rwanda, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Many families were split up as they fled. Now, people live with the terror of what might have happened to their relatives.

The ICRC is working with national Red Cross Societies to offer innovative ways of helping refugee families get back in touch, such as SIM cards for their mobile phones.

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