The view from a refugee camp on Syria’s border

rco_blog_img_BlogLogoIf International Services of the Red Cross is your interest, on the Restoring Family Links Blog there’s a story from Susan Schaefer about a camp in Jordan along the border with Syria.

The day we are there, the team helps nearly 70 people make phone calls to their families. They also take an allegation of arrest from a young woman. Her husband has been arrested and she has heard no further news, so she wants to see if ICRC can find him in one of the prisons in Syria. They patiently dial phone numbers that don’t always get answered. They listen to so many stories. They give their compassion but they also laugh with their visitors. They build relationships.

Among the duties of the Red Cross is to reunite families separated by migration, conflict or war. Read more on the Restoring Family Links Blog.

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Cyprus, South Sudan join International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced the addition of the Cyprus Red Cross Society and the South Sudan Red Cross as the 188th and 189th members.

Meeting this week in Sydney, Australia, the IFRC General Assembly voted to admit the two new National Societies into its global volunteer-based network.

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