Escape from Mosul – one family’s journey

Escape from Mosul – one family’s journey

Tears come to Buthina’s eyes as she tells her family’s story, and for a few moments she covers her face with her hands. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society psychosocial volunteer reaches out and touches her shoulder, and the two women talk quietly for a while.

Red Crescent volunteers travel to the relief camps around Mosul every day, providing emotional support to people like Buthina and her family who are experiencing the trauma of war and displacement.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 11/30/16-12/1/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 11/30/16-12/1/16

Haiti: It is found that many people are having their Dominican citizenship taken away and being pushed across the border into Haiti by the Dominican Government. In 2013 the Dominican court stripped many of their identities due to a nationality law. In 2015 a new law was passed in order to help those affected secure their rights to citizenship but it is being unsuccessfully carried out. Pregnant women and children are being affected and living in very poor conditions. Sky Wheeler, a Women’s Rights Emergency Researcher, said “not only have many been deprived of their right to nationality, they are not getting the assistance they so desperately need.”

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Taking our Reconnection facilities to the next level with the introduction of our New Helpline

Taking our Reconnection facilities to the next level with the introduction of our New Helpline

 In the last year alone, the Restoring Family Links (RFL) team reconnected 9,914 families around the world serving more than 23,000 people. They opened 925 new cases, provided almost 10,000 migrant phone calls and worked with over 100 international partners. But Restoring Family Links is about more than the numbers. It’s about the sister and brother in Los Angeles who were able to find each other again after 16 years. Or the father and son who reconnected after being separated during the Rwandan genocide and were not able to find each other for decades.  

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Psychosocial support team ensures a fun day for Jordanian, Syrian and Iraqi families

Psychosocial support team ensures a fun day for Jordanian, Syrian and Iraqi families

During of a day full of fun and joy, Jordan National Red Crescent Society, in cooperation with the Danish Red Cross, held a family day for Jordanian, Syrian and Iraq families who came together to enjoy the nice weather in Green Field park in Amman.

The event was supervised by the psychosocial support programme team that develop social initiatives to create an atmosphere of fun and joy that promote the integration of refugee children among their peers in the local communities and facilitate the communications among them.

"We saw the joy and happiness on the children faces," said Razan Obaid, head of the psychosocial support programme, who was there during the event. "Around 700 children of all ages from Al Hashimi Al Shamali, Marka and Nazzal cities played together in a peaceful happy atmosphere."

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This Week in Restoring Family Links: 11/23/16

This Week in Restoring Family Links: 11/23/16

France: President Hollande of France is facing pressure to sign the Safe Schools Declaration. A petition is going around for France to finally sign this declaration in order for schools and universities to remain protected during times of armed conflict. This declaration is essential according to many. Zama-Coursen-Neff, the children’s rights director at Human Rights Watch said “hundred of thousands of children worldwide find their schools under attack or used by fighting forces to wage war. The Safe Schools Declaration provides a concrete way for countries to commit to protecting children’s education, even during armed conflict.”

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