Red Cross reunites 610 displaced families in Nigeria

The Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) on Wednesday said it has between January and March this year, reunited at least 610 families displaced due to the insurgency North-East.

Mr Nwakpa Okorie, Head of Communications of the society, said the families are reunited at various locations such as Madagali, Danboa, Gwoza, and Maiduguri, among others.

“Numerous families in the North-East of Nigeria, including children and arrested persons, have lost contact with their relatives because of the ongoing conflict. NRCS puts in so much effort to restore contact between them and their relatives and where possible, reunite them. The families waiting for the news of their loved ones are also supported to cope with their absence,’’ he said.

According to him, the society also provides free phone services to internally displaced persons in various camps and persons in host communities searching for their loved ones.
He said the phones were used to disseminate information to their loved ones as well as to communicate with them, thereby reducing anxiety and depression.

“In restoring family links, we send Red Cross messages which indicate an alert in various locations. We also provide tracing forms distributed among children, fathers and women searching for their relatives with detailed information such as addresses and pictures, which would aid in tracing and reunification,” he explained.
He said NRCS was an auxiliary organisation to public authorities in humanitarian intervention in the areas of health, disaster mitigation and social welfare.

Rafat S.