International Communities on the Red Cross (ICRC) has revealed that the fate and whereabouts of about 17,000 persons remain a mystery in Nigeria as a result of conflicts.
In its latest facts and figures on contributions in Nigeria, the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) is to clarify the fate and whereabouts of about 17,000 missing persons in Nigeria, including over 7,100 missing children.
ICRC said, many people have lost contact of their family members when fleeing armed conflict and other situation of violence. Many missed loved ones for so many years, and at the same time, cycles of displacement create new losses of family contacts everyday.
It was on records that the ICRC works with the NRCS and other Red Cross societies in the Lake Chad region to locate missing family members, restore contacts, and reunite children with their parents or caretaker.
The ICRS is supporting the Nigerian authorities to establish a humanitarian mechanism to clarify the fate and whereabouts of missing persons.
Investigation revealed that between January and June, 2018, over 1,960 fresh tracing requests were opened by persons looking for relatives with the Red Cross.
Almost 300 Red Cross messages containing family news were exchanged between separated family members, while over 770 free phone calls were made available by the Red Cross to persons searching for missing family members.
The ICRC stated that almost 490,000 persons in the North-East and North Central regions received food rations, out of which 288,000 persons received improved seeds to enhance their farm yields.
Over 180,000 persons in the North-East, North Central and the Southern regions were assisted with cash and other incentives.
Basic mental health and psychological support was implemented, 200 sensitisation sessions were conducted with a total of 1,575 community members and 22 health staff to raise awareness on issues related to mental and psychosocial health as a result of armed conflict and violence.
Over 3,070 surgical procedures were performed by two ICRC surgical teams, almost 1,200 people, mainly in the North East, were able to access medical services due to the rehabilitation and reconstruction of primary health care centers.
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