BREAKING NEWS – FLOODS IN NORTHERN CHILE
On the night of 24 March 2015, flash floods affected the Regions of Atacama, Antofagasta and Coquimbo in Northern Chile. The Chilean Red Cross and the ICRC have activated the Family links website, which is operational at the following address: http://familylinks.icrc.org/chile/
This family links website offers people the possibility to:
People can register in a form on the website, which is submitted to the Chilean Red Cross. Names will not automatically appear on the lists in the website. The names which people wish to make public will need to be processed by the Red Cross first, which is continuously updating the lists.
Please be advised that during the first few days after a disaster, it is common to experience disruptions in communication. Continue to try usual methods of communication (phone, social media, email) to restore contact.
Susie Mazaheri, Restoring Family Links Caseworker and Disaster Mental Health volunteer, describes her work on a particular RFL case that reestablished communication between a mother and son, separated by violence in Honduras.
The chaos and confusion that accompany war and disaster can separate families when they need each other most. Whether it’s been weeks or years, the American Red Cross, Greater Chicago Region can help you find and reconnect with loved ones around the world after natural disasters, armed conflict, migration, or other humanitarian emergencies.
American Red Cross caseworkers around the U.S. help families locate missing relatives by working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations in nearly every country around the world. Annually the American Red Cross assists more than 5,000 families trying to reconnect with their loved ones in the U.S. and around the world.
Here's a partial listing of Restoring Family Links Program services:
Specific to the Persian Gulf War in the early 1990s. Used to request documentation that someone was visited by the ICRC while in detention.
Used to locate family members separated internationally by armed conflict and other humanitarian emergencies. Also used to clarify or document the fate of relatives missing due to armed conflict.
Families continue to be separated as a result of WWII and many survivors look to the Red Cross to locate missing loved ones and find documentation on their own and their relative’s war time experiences.
International Disaster Inquiries are used to assist family members who have lost communication after the occurrence of a major natural disaster such as an earthquake or typhoon.
If you or someone you know has been separated from their loved ones internationally, or for additional information on the program and eligibility for services, please contact the Greater Chicago Region, International Services team at 312.729.6238 or ChicagoIS@redcross.org.
There is no charge for these services
All Red Cross programs are made possible by the voluntary services and financial support of the American public. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers search tirelessly for information that will bring resolution to your case and peace of mind to you and your family.
BlogConnect with us online to learn more about the Reconnecting Families Program.
The American Red Cross, Restoring Family Links program is currently working with a large number of Iraqi refugees dating back to the First Gulf War in 1991. The Red Cross is supporting Iraqis by assisting them in receiving documentation of the time they spent in the camps in Saudi Arabia. The Restoring Family Links program works in coordination with the ICRC to help these individuals obtain this documentation. So far, the American Red Cross has handled over 2,000 of these cases, and the caseload continues to grow.
At the Greater Chicago Region chapter, we have already assisted with over 30 cases for individuals seeking their documentation. We continue to remain available to assist anyone in need of this service who meets the core eligibility criteria.