This Week in Restoring Family Links

Yemen is currently considered the largest single humanitarian crisis in the world. More than 18 million people are currently reliant on aid with more than 300,000 suspected to be infected with cholera.

Mosul, Iraq was recently liberated by the Iraqi government from IS but while this may be a momentary win, the civilians in this area are still unsafe. Those stuck inside the city lack access to food, water, and medical care. IS’s hold on the region may be nearing an end but the humanitarian crisis is not.

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Nigeria: Three children forced to run from war reunited with family

Nigeria: Three children forced to run from war reunited with family

When the gunfire began, 10-year-old Alkana and her two younger brothers ran for their lives. The military and the opposition were fighting, and the gunfire sent village residents running for cover..

When the situation calmed, the children's mother was nowhere to be found; she had run into the bush for safety. Their father had left their village two years earlier when opposition fighters took over the region.

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Sisters Reconnected

Sisters Reconnected

Our client’s ‘Restoring Family Links’ file revealed her terrible circumstances.  Her mother died giving birth to infant twin sisters.  Her father was killed serving in their African nation’s military.   She, her younger sister, and the new twins all had to move in with her grandparents, cousins … and an aunt whose husband was also murdered because of his involvement in politics. 

 

Then, during a rebel attack, her grandparents were murdered, and her little twin sisters disappeared while she ran, with what remained of her family.  They walked day and night over 1500 kilometers to a Refugee Camp. But once there, her aunt and cousins soon disappeared one night, leaving only one sister with her.  And then finally, one day when she’d stayed home sick from the camp’s school, her sister, too, disappeared.  Despite searching for her everywhere, in the camp, in the nearby town, with the camp officials and the town’s police, no word of her was found.  Everybody and everything she’d ever known was lost to her.

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Eritrea: 18 years later, father finds lost son

Eritrea: 18 years later, father finds lost son

18 years had passed since Michael last communicated with his family. He wanted to locate his only son and be reunited again. Nearly two decades since being separated, that long-impossible dream came true.

''No words can express my happiness. I am born again,'' Michael said after a connection was made with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross and its family tracing services.

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