RFL – Restoring Family Links Archive

Balkans Left Fighting Mud and Garbage Left Behind By Flood

Irish Red Cross + Balkans Floods Appeal

Flood waters are receding across Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where people are now fighting the mud and the garbage left behind by the flood.

Mother and daughter reunited after harrowing week of uncertainty

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Grandmother and rice farmer Rosita Agustin, 78, spent 90 minutes dangling from the wooden beam of a door frame in her two-bedroom house in Santo Nino, Leyte. Her roof was ripped off and flood water thundered through her village, pummelling everything in its path and killing many of her friends. And while she was fighting […]

Search for missing family in Tacloban

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As hundreds of families crowded the road towards Tacloban airport, pleading for a place on a plane out of the the destroyed city, Carlito Gaytos strode past the those desperate to escape and headed towards the shell of what was left behind after the storm passed. Carlito had brought nothing with him except the description […]

Reuniting families…it’s all in the day job!

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Written by Jennifer Wilson is Restoring Family Links Officer at the Irish Red Cross, Dublin

What’s it like to be a Restoring Family Links or RFL Desk Officer? It’s pretty cool actually. Ask anyone that does this job and I guarantee they will say the same! I have been working for the Irish Red Cross for a long time, nearly 27 years, and have held many positions over the years. […]

Five Legal Provisions That Aid the Missing and Their Families

Serbia: The families of missing persons strive to make their voices heard. © ICRC

Serbia: The families of missing persons strive to make their voices heard. © ICRC

When people disappear in connection with armed conflict or other violence, their relatives endure terrible suffering as they struggle to find out what happened. Here are five examples of International Humanitarian Law that aid the missing and their families: 1. Renewing contact with family members Article 26 of Geneva Convention IV states that, each Party […]

Did you know, the BBC works with the Red Cross Red Crescent together to help find missing people?

Yemen. Every week, Mohamed Hersi, an ICRC tracing officer, meets with Somali nationals seeking refuge in Sana'a to provide them with information on the search for their relatives as well as seeking news from the elders in the group who know the community well. © ICRC / C. Martin-Chico

Yemen. Every week, Mohamed Hersi, an ICRC tracing officer, meets with Somali nationals seeking refuge in Sana'a to provide them with information on the search for their relatives as well as seeking news from the elders in the group who know the community well. © ICRC / C. Martin-Chico

While the humanitarian situation in Somalia has improved slightly, there remain significant humanitarian concerns across the country. After two decades of fighting, tens of thousands of people have been separated from their families. The whereabouts of at least 12,000 people are unknown. Despite the passing of time, some Somalis are as determined as ever to […]

Mother and daughter reunited after 19 years

Isha and her daughter Faduma were reunited by the Red Cross after 19 years apart

Isha and her daughter Faduma were reunited by the Red Cross after 19 years apart

Isha Munya fled war-torn Somalia more than two decades ago; she was faced with the heartbreaking notion of never seeing her loved ones again. The brutal inter-tribal violence that had broken out across the country scattered her large and close-knit family, forcing Isha to leave her mother Akrabo and one of her daughters, Faduma, then […]

Accessing international protection: That’s Right!

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A joint action to safeguard the right to access international protection On the occasion of World Refugee Day, the Irish Red Cross, along with other European National Red Cross Societies, wish to reaffirm the right of all human beings to access international protection. While we are celebrating the achievements of the 1951 Refugee Convention, the […]

Rebuilding lives and livelihoods after the storm has passed

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Asiya Khatun showing the length of the water level during flash flood. Maherin Ahmed/IFRC

Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate risks, tropical cyclones and storm surges, affecting hundreds of thousands of people each year. It is also one of the poorest and most densely-populated countries on the Asian continent. “The storm started at three in the morning and continued until seven. I […]

“Seeing your family again after 43 years – it’s like being born again”

It all began during the Battle of Solferino in 1859.  By sending a message from a wounded young man to his parents, Henry Dunant made the first gesture illustrating what the Red Cross Tracing Agency was to become. The Red Cross’ agency on maintaining and restoring family links developed considerably during the Franco-Prussian War in […]