Bringing Families Together Around The World
North American Precis Syndicate
American Red Crosser Elissa Maish (left) uses a Red Cross phone to call Lydia’s daughter Odette after Lydia spent months not knowing whether Odette was even alive. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—With all the sad stories of conflict and desperation from
around the world, it can be heartening to hear of loved ones reunited.
Here are just two of the happy examples:
• Lydia spent months wondering if her daughter Odette was alive.
Conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo forced Lydia to seek asylum
in the U.S., leaving her far away from her family and with a heavy heart.
With the help of the Red Cross, Lydia located her daughter and sent her a
message through the Restoring Family Links (RFL) program. Odette responded to
her mom—she was indeed alive. “I don’t know how the Red
Cross managed to connect me with someone who I thought was dead. There was no
other way for me to talk to her. There was no other way.”
• Conflict in Burundi forced Fidele to flee and lose touch with his
loved ones, including his father. After living in Tucson, Arizona, for some
time, he connected with the Red Cross RFL program to open up a search for his
father to help give him peace of mind. After months of searching, Fidele
finally received the welcome message: His father was alive and well.
Armed conflict, international disasters and migration leave millions of
people around the globe in urgent need of humanitarian assistance every year.
As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and Red Crescent
teams help reconnect families separated by international crises.
How It Works
Red Cross Restoring Family Links services are free and confidential and
help reconnect loved ones when:
1. Families are separated as a result of disaster, migration or other
2. Families have already tried normal channels of communication to
3. The family member making the inquiry is able to provide essential
information on the sought person.
4. The family member making the inquiry is a relative who had been in
direct contact with the sought person before the crisis occurred.
For more info, to help the Red Cross or to ask for help, go to www.redcross.org/international.
“As the world’s largest humanitarian network, Red Cross and Red
Crescent teams help reconnect families separated by international crises. http://bit.ly/2E3qBc9”
On the Net:North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)