Eritrea: 18 years later, father finds lost son

18 years had passed since Michael last communicated with his family. He wanted to locate his only son and be reunited again. Nearly two decades since being separated, that long-impossible dream came true. ''No words can

18 years had passed since Michael last communicated with his family. He wanted to locate his only son and be reunited again. Nearly two decades since being separated, that long-impossible dream came true.

”No words can express my happiness. I am born again,” Michael said after a connection was made with the help of the International Committee of the Red Cross and its family tracing services.

Shortly after Michael arrived in Eritrea in 1999 for a short visit, the war between Eritrea and Ethiopia broke out. The border closed, and Michael could no longer return to his family. In the many years since, he tried repeatedly to find information about his son and have him come live in Asmara, Eritrea’s capital, with him. But nothing seemed to work.

It was only when he came to the ICRC for assistance to find his family in August 2016 that progress was made. The ICRC team that tracks down separated family members located Michael’s son, Amanuel, who was living in Australia.

Although Michael has known about the Red Cross since his childhood, when his school had a football team called “Red Cross,” he only recently learned about its family tracing program.

”I am very grateful for what ICRC did,” Michael said. “Not only did you bring news from my son but you also helped me in getting my university documents from Ethiopia, which was very important for me to pursue my higher education, which had always been my biggest dream .”

The father and son haven’t yet seen each other, but keep in contact through letters.

An ICRC official said the process took more than 18 months of hard work to locate the family.

“Nothing is more pleasing to bring hope to a person whose only dream in life is to get information about his or her family members,” said one of the ICRC team members involved in the family reunification.

Source: www.icrc.org

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  • Mohamed March 20, 2017

    Congratulations Mr. Michael

    Eritrea is such a small country, with peace loving people who never did anything wrong to anyone,
    and yet suffering at the hands of a rootless devil.

    May Allah/God bring back our beloved country back to its owners.

  • k.tewolde March 20, 2017

    Can you imagine the future ramifications of those unaccompanied underage youth venturing out of the country to destinations unknown?

  • fithawi March 20, 2017

    This does not sound like a real story!! Why didn’t Amanuel try to contact or locate his father from Australia for such a long time? This is only half of the whole story and the rest has not been told yet! However, congratulations is well deserved for both father and son.
    May we hear more great news and peaceful reunions of separated families and friends all over.

  • hidat March 21, 2017

    ENQUEE HAGOSEKUM SIDIRABET ATO MICHEAL GEX NIGEX TERAKIBKUM TISAÀEMULA MEALTI DIMA YERIKUMh

  • ali March 21, 2017

    Yes,i do not buy this either.

  • Yemane March 21, 2017

    This Michael man looks and sounds like a show man of a clowns circus.
    He doesn’t sound or look like a genuine old man but like an old shaebia mafia man.
    By the way, is he dealing and transferring/receiving money to third party or from ICRC?
    Many unanswered mistry questions and need proper clarification before coming to the public.

  • Fake nation March 21, 2017

    Dearest young people if it were n’t for the amazing gedli ,under colonizer Ethiopia father and son would have been reunited in 18 days as opposed to 18 years.You need to thank the “necessary & liberating” gedli for all the blessings , without forgetting sinai off course !

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