Italy Earthquake: Red Cross Teams Join Search for Quake Survivors

Italy Earthquake: Red Cross Teams Join Search for Quake Survivors

Search and rescue teams and sniffer dogs from the Italian Red Cross are on the ground following a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the early hours of the morning today.

The towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Arquata del Tronto village in central Italy are the worst affected areas.

The Red Cross has also sent 20 ambulances to the affected areas, while local volunteers are on the ground providing support for survivors.

Read More

A Lost Soldier, Found

A Lost Soldier, Found

I started my first assignment as a new Restoring Family Links caseworker with Karl in September of 2015. He contacted the American Red Cross looking for help in locating the final resting place of a missing family member, last seen leaving for battle with a horse-drawn artillery unit heading for Russia in March of 1944. The German soldier, Heinrich M., had come to Frankfurt to check on his family and had married his fiancé one day before rejoining his unit. He was never heard from again. Karl, Heinrich’s nephew, wanted, once and for all, to provide his mother and aunt, Heinrich’s sisters who were now both in their 90s, an answer as to what had happened to their brother during World War II.

Read More

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.

Read More

Restoring Family Links: A One-year miracle in the making

Restoring Family Links: A One-year miracle in the making

For over a year, Restoring Family Links caseworkers in the International Services department have been working to reconnect a sister, Lazara, living in Cuba and her brother, Juan, living in the United States. Due to migration, the siblings were separated for over 16 years and not spoken during that time period. That’s why it was a surprise when the sister received two letters from her brother in August of 2014. Reading the letter’s distressing news of his admittance to a mental health facility, Lazara repeatedly sent letters to Juan. Receiving no response after the first two letters, Lazara reached out to the Cuban Red Cross, which contacted the L.A. Region through the International Red Cross. Lazara requested our services in the form of a Red Cross Message to know if he was alive and if so, how and where he was.

Read More