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  • International Day of the Disappeared: Indifference to a humanitarian tragedy

    The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has called on governments to urgently address the humanitarian issue of missing people: those who disappeared during armed conflict or other situations of violence, natural disasters or migration.

    8/29/2016 | ARTICLE

  • A BBC program is reuniting Somali families torn apart by conflict

    It’s 2 p.m. on a boring weekday afternoon and you need distraction. You turn on the radio, and what do you get? In the US, you might get music or local news (or, if you're really lucky, something from PRI). But in Somalia, if you tune into the BBC’s Somali radio service, you'll get something very different: An announcer slowly reading a list of names, ages and places.

    7/22/2014 | VIDEO

  • Families of missing people need better support

    Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling for a better and broader response to the needs of the families of persons missing as the result of armed conflict or natural disaster.

    8/30/2013 | ARTICLE

  • Somalia: Restoring contact between families separated by conflict

    After two decades of conflict, tens of thousands of Somalis have been separated from their families. The ICRC in Somalia helps reunite these families in partnership with the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS), and other Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the world.

    4/5/2013 | ARTICLE

  • Somalia: a reason to smile – a mother and daughter reunited [video]

    When Isha Munya fled war-torn Somalia more than two decades ago, she was faced with the heartbreaking notion of never seeing her loved ones again. The brutal inter-tribal violence that had broken out across the country scattered her large and close-knit family, forcing Isha to leave her mother Akrabo and one of her daughters, Faduma, then 8, behind.

    4/5/2013 | VIDEO


the need to know 

The need to know - Restoring links between dispersed family members

This publication explains how the Family Links network operates and why its services are so important. It describes situations in which family separations occur, and the many ways in which the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement supports dispersed families and families of missing people.

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Missing persons - an hidden tragedy 

Missing Persons - A hidden tragedy

The plight of people missing in armed conflict and the suffering of their families has been a consistent concern to the ICRC. This specially commissioned report, written by an independent journalist, turns the spotlight onto the plight of missing persons and their families.

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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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