This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/23/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/23/17

Portugal: A program set up by the Portuguese Red Cross has helped a single mother diagnosed with cancer. Helena Mateus was diagnosed with cancer 14 years ago which has caused her to retire early. Mateus said “It is difficult to make ends meet, having to pay the rest of the  bills and all the medication I need.” Mateus not only has to provide for herself but her teenage daughter.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/14/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 2/14/17

Yemen: The situation in Yemen is worsening as the fighting due to the conflict progresses. There is worry over the safety of civilians as many remained trapped in the cross-fire. Robert Mardini, the ICRC’s director for the Near and Middle East, said “Civilians are at risk of paying an even heavier price as the fighting continues. We call on all parties to abide by their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

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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: 1/30/17-2/1/17

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 1/30/17-2/1/17

Malaysia: The lunar new year in Malaysia will be facing disruption as floods affect as many as 15,000 people. Hamilah Binta Isa from the village of Buloh Kasap said “it has been four days since the flood waters forced us to evacuate and I still can’t get to my house.” The Malaysian Red Crescent society has been having its staff and volunteers provide relief to those affected. Basic necessities have been distributed as well as support in rescue activities. There has also been a need for psychological support following the traumatic effects of the flooding.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 1/27/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 1/27/16

New Zealand: In 2016 the Kaikoura Earthquake struck the South Island of New Zealand. The earthquake was found to have a magnitude of 7.8 and caused significant damage ranging from sediment-clogged rivers as well as destroyed houses, landslides, and destructed farms. This natural disaster not only caused great physical damage, but financial damage as well. Insurers are expected to have to pay an estimated $41.69 million to cover the damages.

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