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Somalia ConflictSince 1991


Background information

List of people sought by their relatives in connection with the conflict in Somalia

This website provides a list of names of people being sought through tracing requests

More than a decade of conflicts and violence has led to the fragmentation of the society and territory and the destruction of infrastructure. Therefore, the capacity of the population to move about and to communicate with their relatives is limited. Moreover, the lack of financial resources of vulnerable people deprives them of easy access to private means of communication, which are available mainly in big cities. Consequently, the population needs the Red Cross / Red Crescent network to restore and maintain family links.

Working in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Somali Red Crescent Society has 25 offices in all regions of the country working to help Somali people to re-establish and maintain ties with their relatives.

Tracing requests are used when other methods of restoring contact have proved unsuccessful, and minimum information serving to identify both the person being sought and the enquirer are available.

When this minimum information is not available, the "Joint ICRC / BBC Missing Person Programme" can be used. This is a 15-minute programme broadcast six times a week by the BBC Somalia short-wave radio service on which names of persons being sought and enquirers are read out. It is broadcasted from Saturday to Thursday from 2:15 - 2:30 pm (11:15 - 11:30 GMT). Please note that names of persons sought only through the ICRC / BBC programme are not included in the list published on internet.


ICRC delegation in Nairobi
Denis Pritt Road
P.O. Box 73226 - 00200
Phone: +254 20 2723 963/4/5
Fax: +254 20 2715 598
Contact form
Family Links Website
This sub-website dedicated to the people missing in connection with the conflict in Somalia belongs to the wider Red Cross Red Crescent Family Links Website.

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