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Ethiopia: 'Reconciliation,' cited in Nobel Peace Prize, is a life-saver for separated familiesAPO Group - Africa-Newsroom: latest news releases related to Africa

Published by APO Africa Newsroom on Sat, 12 Oct 2019


Download logoOne of the heartbreaking byproducts of conflict is the sheer number of families that become separated and can no longer communicate with one another.Thats why the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is pleased to see the Norwegian Nobel Committee cite reconciliation as one of the reasons it awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.There is still work to be done, but the reforms have been life-changing for thousands of families. For two decades, people living in Ethiopia and Eritrea could not visit or call one another. The only way families could often share news was through letters known as Red Cross Messages.Imagine learning of births, deaths, and life milestones only by letter. No hugs. No shared tears of joy, said Julien Lerisson, ICRCs head of delegation in Ethiopia. This all changed last year, when flights and telecommunications between Eritrea and Ethiopia resumed, allowing people to speak with and visit the people they love the most for the first time in 20 years. For families, this has been a very positive change.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
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