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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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/7/17-2/8/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/7/17-2/8/17

UNESCO: This February 11th 2017 will be known as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day is meant to symbolize a chance or opportunity for women and girls to unite in science. Girls are often held back from various opportunities or careers in science due to stereotypes or restrictions that are social or cultural. This denies the opportunity of girls of reaching their full potential.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 9/27/2016-9/30/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 9/27/2016-9/30/2016

Gabon: On August 31st Ali Ondimba Bongo of Gabon was reelected as President of Gabon winning 49.8% of the vote. His running opponent Ping believed this to rigged claiming the court manipulated the votes and demanded a recount.  Protests broke out after the reelection in the capital of Gabon, Libreville, where the reelection itself took place. The military was called to take measures to control the crowds of protesters, some of whom were shouting to set the National Assembly building ablaze.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 8/15/2016 - 8/19/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 8/15/2016 - 8/19/2016

Mali: On August 17, it is reported that hundreds of refugees from central Mali, most of them are Fulani nomads and shepherds, have arrived in Mauritania as they fled from the growing conflict in their home country. The arrival of the refugees further put strain on the host country as aid agencies are struggling to assists 42,000 Mali refugees that fled home in 2012. For instance, UNHCR has only secured $3.6 million out of the $15.5 million budget for Mauritania this year to ensure the refugees’ wellbeing. The World Food Programme is having a lot of cuts and reduced rations.

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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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