A Message of Hope for Rose

A Message of Hope for Rose

Rose Gonsa Minga and her family fled war-torn Congo seeking a better life.  Instead, they were unexpectedly torn apart.

The family left the DRC capital of Kinshasa on a grueling journey of more than 1,000 miles. Rose was pregnant for most of the journey. Once arrived in the Ugandan capital of Kampala, Rose was hospitalized due to complications, remaining there for six months. Unable to care for her two younger children, they stayed with friends.  Her eldest daughter had remained back in the DRC awaiting instructions to rejoin the rest of the family.

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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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This week in Restoring Family Links: 06/06/2016-06/10/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links: 06/06/2016-06/10/2016

Refugee team to compete in the Olympics: On June 3, the International Olympic Committee revealed that a team of 10 refugees will be participating and competing in the Rio Olympics Games in 2016 under the Olympics flag. The athletes are citizens of South Sudan, Syria, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia – all of which are suffering from instability and insecurity. The selected participants will participate in a variety of sports, such as swimming, athletics – 800m, athletics – 400m, marathon, athletics – 1500m, judo – 70kg, and judo – 90kg. 

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This Week in Restoring Family Links News 4/11 - 4/15

This Week in Restoring Family Links News 4/11 - 4/15

Tension in Europe: On Sunday, violence erupted on the border between Greece and Macedonia as refugees in the Idomeni camp attempted to storm a fence.  Macedonian police reportedly responded  with tear gas and rubber bullets, and a clash ensued for seven hours. There were no fatalities, but medical teams in the camp are treating about 300 people for injuries sustained from police beatings, tear gas inhalation, and rubber bullet injuries.

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Messages of Hope: Reconnecting Siblings

Messages of Hope: Reconnecting Siblings

John had only been in the United States for nine months when he was approached by Red Cross International Services Regional Specialist Lisa Taibi.

“She said, ‘you have a message.’ I said, ‘are you sure?’ It was not easy to believe,” John says.

John hadn’t seen any of his siblings in almost 20 years. After leaving them to work with small businesses across the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), John was eventually forced to flee to Zimbabwe due to the conflict in his native country.

“They were looking for young men to join the militia,” John says. “If they couldn’t find the male, they would find the wife and kids and rape, beat and kill them.”

Thankfully, John’s wife and four children were eventually able to join him at the refugee camp in Zimbabwe. Even after the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) helped the family, which now includes two additional children, resettle in Buffalo, he still had no idea what happened to the rest of his family back home in the DRC.

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