Reuniting Long-Lost Loved Ones
North American Precis Syndicate
Refugees and disaster victims can turn to a humanitarian organization for help reuniting with their families. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Imagine your family members are caught up in an international
disaster or armed conflict and you have no idea where they are or even if
they are still alive.
Where could you turn? Fortunately, the world's largest humanitarian
network can help.
How It Works
The Red Cross can reconnect loved ones when:
• Families are separated internationally as a result of conflict,
disaster, migration or other humanitarian emergency.
• Families have already tried normal channels of communication to
• The family member making the inquiry is a relative who had been in
direct contact with the sought person before the crisis occurred.
The Red Cross's family reconnection services are free and confidential.
"I Am Alive"
The three simple words, "I am alive," can bring peace of mind after
disasters. But after Hurricanes Irma and Maria slammed into the Caribbean, most people had very little opportunity to
impart that crucial message to family members. So Red Cross teams there
carried mobile hotspots along with relief supplies. "Witnessing people shed
tears of joy when they connect with their loved ones has been the highlight
of this mission," said Colin Chaperon, American Red Cross's Emergency Field
A Century Of Reconnecting Families
In fact, the Red Cross has been helping loved ones separated by disaster,
crisis and conflict to reconnect for more than 100 years. These days, thanks
to technology, this type of humanitarian aid continues to evolve—bringing
along with it hope and relief for families around the globe.
Through these services, the organization reconnected young refugee
brothers in the United States
with their mother in Africa; Polish twins who hadn't seen one another in 68
years; and many others from Asia and the Middle East
who had lost touch with family during wartime.
If you're ever looking for a lost family member who fits the criteria
above, contact your local Red Cross chapter, call the free national helpline
(844) 782-9441 or go to www.redcross.org/contact-us/international-reconnecting-families-inquiry-form.
To volunteer your time or donate money to help others, go to redcross.org/reconnectingfamilies.
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