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Flor found the daughter she had believed dead

24-04-2013 Feature

Flor, a country woman who survives by searching for gold in the Nariño river, was overjoyed when she found the daughter she had believed dead.

Four months later, an ICRC delegate found her mother’s relatives listed in the message as contacts. She left a message with them for her mother, so that she could see her and arrange a day for the meeting. “When the delegate arrived, I told her that I was the girl’s mother. ‘Don’t worry’, she said, ‘your daughter’s alive and she’s going to be fine,’ words that filled me with joy.”

“Then, she called the Colombian Family Welfare Institute and got my daughter on the line. I recognized her voice. She said she was fine. I wanted to see her, but I told her I couldn’t afford the fare. She said that she would talk to the Red Cross to see if they would help me with food and travel expenses.”

“When I saw my daughter, I was overjoyed; I was so happy just to see her. We talked and talked. She said that she was going to study, that she was going to do something with her life. I told her to look after herself and do well. My little girl’s future is looking bright now. I’m very grateful to the Red Cross and the delegate for what they did for us. I came without a penny and they’ve looked after us all so well.”

Her daughter will stay at the Colombian Family Welfare Institute home, where she can continue to study and live in decent conditions.

 

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After years without news, Flor was reunited with her daughter thanks to the ICRC. 

After years without news, Flor was reunited with her daughter thanks to the ICRC.
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