This Week in Restoring Family Links: 11/9/16-11/10/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 11/9/16-11/10/16

Gambia: Gambia’s 19 year old goalkeeper from Gambia’s national women’s football team died crossing the Mediterranean trying to reach Europe. Fatim Jawara’s boat sank when a storm hit when crossing from Italy to Libya. Jawara’s absence was noticed when she didn’t make an appearance when her team was scheduled to play the Senegalese Club Casa Sports.

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Red Cross doctor: "Our primary goal is to save lives."

Red Cross doctor: "Our primary goal is to save lives."

Dr George Lukindo, 33, is always smiling. It seems a bit out of place here, in the middle of a refugee camp, but as the lead doctor of the Tanzania Red Cross Society Mtendeli Hospital, he says he has good reason. Since the hospital opened in January 2016, even with a massive influx of patients, there has not been a single loss of life. It is something Dr George is extremely proud of considering the personal mantra he often repeats to anyone within earshot, “Our primary goal is to save lives.”

The hospital is supporting more than 4,000 Burundian refugees from the adjoining Mtendeli camp, as well as the surrounding villages. That number has increased as refugees were transferred from the overcrowded Nyarugusu camp some three hours south, to reduce pressure on limited resources.

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