Mhreteab’s Family Reunion

by: Mhreteab, an Eritrean refugee in Belgium 

My name is Mhreteab and I am living in Belgium as a refugee. I was forced to flee Eritrea in 2017, when my wife was pregnant with our first child. 

When I got refugee status in Belgium, my wife and son also fled Eritrea to Ethiopia and applied for visa to join me in Belgium. The family reunion procedure took one year, because we had to do a DNA test. Now, I finally met my 2 and a half year old son for the first time. Since I am studying in Belgium to be a nurse, I have a very low income and it was not possible for me to buy the tickets for my wife and son to come to Belgium. Luckily my social assistant told me about Miles4Migrants and they accepted my request for tickets. I cannot tell you how hard it was for me to leave without even being able to see my son and to be without my wife and son for such a long time. I am so happy to be reunited with them now, thanks to the help of Miles4Migrants. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

How Miles4Migrants helps

We collaborate with a network of global non-governmental organization (NGO) partners who work directly with refugees and migrants to identify and verify individuals who are financially unable to afford air travel. Once our partners submit flight requests, we use donated frequent flyer miles, credit card points, travel vouchers, and cash to eliminate transportation barriers for the most vulnerable individuals affected by war, persecution, or climate disaster. Our goal is to help these individuals reunite with their loved ones and start a new life in a safe environment.

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– According to the United Nations, there are currently 108 million individuals forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide.  

– The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that seeking asylum is a fundamental human right. Everyone has the right to life and liberty. Everyone has the right to freedom from fear. Everyone has the right to seek asylum from persecution.

As migration is often the last option for survival, migrants may embark on clandestine journeys, subject to danger, extortion, and inhumane conditions

Once they finally get legal approval for resettlement, migrants face another challenge that makes the journey seem impossible: the transportation costs.

There are many ways for you to get involved and help us continue our work:

You can donate cash to help us cover operational expenses or contribute your unused air miles, credit card points, or travel vouchers to help us book flights for refugees and asylum seekers. Additionally, you can help us spread the word about our cause and our impact on the lives of those we serve.

Every donation, no matter how big or small, has the power to make a difference. Thank you for considering supporting our mission.

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