In the turmoil of disaster and conflict, family members can be separated. The ICRC, the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) and the network of National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies try to locate people and put them back into contact with their relatives.
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As one means of looking for family members, the ICRC, in cooperation with the BBC, reads out the names of missing Somalis on the “Missing Persons” radio programme six times a week. This takes place at the request of their families.
The ICRC in cooperation with the Somali Red Crescent Society maintains a list of people whose names have been broadcast in the “Missing Persons” radio programme during the past six months or for whom tracing requests were opened by the Red Cross / Red Crescent network.
RED CROSS MESSAGES
The Somali Red Crescent Society helps people In Somalia restore and maintain contact with family members through Red Cross messages. These are unsealed letters consisting of a standard form, two pages long that can be detached and retained by the beneficiary. The first page is used by the sender for his or her message. The second page contains the reply. The identities and full addresses of the sender and his correspondent appear on both pages. Red Cross messages (RCM) enable relatives to exchange news only of a personal nature.
The Somali Red Crescent Society can try to find information for people who are worried about the health and well-being of a close family member with whom they have suddenly lost contact.
The ICRC and the Somali Red Crescent Society can assist in obtaining official documents. Official documents can be enclosed with Red Cross messages for people living within Somalia and abroad when no other means of sending them are available.
The ICRC provides travel documents in response to official requests from embassies, high commissions, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) or the International Organization for Migration (IOM).