Helping Refugees Find Lost Loved Ones, The Solutions Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, March 2012, Pages 7 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/helping-refugees-find-lost-loved-ones/) Abstract: In 2000 an Afghan family paid a trafficker to take them over the border into Pakistan and then on to Denmark or Sweden. But when the trafficker arrived, there was only one spot in the van. The family sent 12-year-old Mansour alone, believing that they would soon follow. After a three- to four-month journey—with a month hiding beneath the floorboards of a Russian flat—Mansour arrived in Copenhagen. The rest of his family never did. By 2005, when he met Danish brothers David and Christopher Mikkelsen, Mansour hadn’t spoken to his family in five years. Inquiries through official channels brought no new information. Mansour heard the first news of his family when, on a trip to Pakistan paid for by the Mikkelsens, he found the trafficker who had smuggled him out of Afghanistan. He was able to get a phone number for his brother, Ali, who had been sold into slavery in Russia. The two were briefly reunited in Moscow, where Ali remains. Their friendship with Mansour led David … Topics: Conflict Resolution; Refugees