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Posted on September 5, 2016
Kiya came to Addis after she ran away from her guardians/employers in Areka. Her parents had no idea that Kiya had run away and was in Addis for a while. The family had been lying to her parents and were telling them that Kiya was still comfortably living with them. Kiya’s father was extremely happy and relieved to see her and hear that no harm came to her, even though she was away from home.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Right from the beginning, it was clear to us that the story Ashenafi told us upon his arrival to the Emmanuel House was false. After settling in, Ashenafi came out with the truth that both his parents are still alive and well. He gave us his father’s number and we talked to him over the phone. Even after hearing his son’s voice over the phone, his reaction when he saw Ashenafi was indescribable. We heard that Ashenafi’s mother had tried to do something terrible to herself because she blamed herself for her son running away and felt like she was a bad mother. The reunification was extraordinary, as expected.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Because she only spoke a little Amharic, we had a hard time gathering information regarding the whereabouts of Zenebu’s family. In the process of gathering more information, the police station that referred her to us was able to locate her family and her reunification was carried out at the station. Her parents came to take her back home and explained that they were looking for her ever since they heard about her running away from her employers. Everyone was relieved and happy that Zenebu was safe and sound during the time she was away from family and expressed their deep gratitude for NOLM’s services.
Posted on September 5, 2016
Medhanit and Emnet ran away from the same house. Medhanit was the sister and Emnet an employee to the lady of the house. One of the NOLM team members had spotted a missing person poster with Medhanit’s picture and we contacted her sister. Her sister notified Emnet’s father about what happened and both of their families came to the Emmanuel House to take the children back home.
Posted on September 5, 2016
After Meaza ran away from her uncle, her family sued the uncle and they were in the middle of a court battle. Luckily, the police found Meaza and notified her uncle about her safety. Just a few days after Meaza joined the Emmanuel House, her mother came to take her back home. Her mother was very happy with NOLM’s services to Meaza and expressed her sincere gratitude.
Posted on September 5, 2016
After a month and rigorous efforts to reach out to her family in the countryside, Kore was finally reunited with her father. Her reunification took place at the Emmanuel House, as we managed to reach her father through the local police, and he volunteered to personally come and take Kore back home. We had a discussion with him at the Emmanuel House and talked to him about the consequences of sending children off for work. He was appreciative of the services NOLM rendered to Kore during her stay with us.
Posted on September 5, 2016
It was clear that a serious intervention was needed in order to send Tsehay back home. Accordingly, during the reunification trip to her hometown, our team headed straight to the local police station in order to meet her father and people from the police department and discuss things. It was clear that the family’s economic conditions were not great but our team still gave her father a fair warning for the future. The presence of police officers from the area and the fact that the reunification took place at the station gave the facts more weight. Tsehay’s father promised to take care of his children and not send them off for work in the future.
Posted on June 27, 2016
Gadisae’s family was shaken to see their daughter back home. For all they knew, Gadisae was still living with her sister in Addis and enjoying life. When Gadisae explained to her family that she was working instead of living with her sister, it came as a shock to them. They were very happy that no harm came to her and appreciated our team for the services rendered during Gadisae’s stay at the Emmanuel House.
Posted on June 27, 2016
Ikram’s mother was very happy to see her daughter back home alive and safe. Like Ikram said, Ikram’s aunts had kidnapped her before and Ikram's mother also thinks that they might have had a hand in Ikram’s disappearing act this time around. Ikram didn’t seem as excited as we had hoped she would when we brought her home, but her mother was exhilarated. We ask you to pray for this family and especially for Ikram’s mother who has a heart condition.
Posted on June 27, 2016
Since Gojam came to the Emmanuel House four months ago, we’ve been trying to contact her family back in Bichena. After contacting the local police, they were able to contact Gojam’s aunt and connect us with her through the phone. It turns out that Gojam ran away and it was not a relative who brought her to Addis. Gojam’s aunt was very happy to hear that her niece was alright and explained to us that we could reunify her with her aunt in Addis and that she would take her back to Bichena with her. Gojam was reunified with her aunt who lives in Addis and will hopefully head back home soon.

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