Côte d’Ivoire: Children seeking their families via the internet

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16-06-2014 News Release 14/102

Abidjan (ICRC) – Today a web page was added to the ICRC’s family-links site. It will enable Ivorian children separated from their families during the post-election crisis of 2011 to search for their loved ones online.

“This is the first time the ICRC has placed on the internet photos of children found unaccompanied,” said Christopher Herby, a staff member of the organization’s Abidjan delegation. “It’s a last-ditch effort to find these kids’ parents.” The ICRC is asking everyone who thinks they recognize one of the children to click on the photo and leave a message.

This new page (http://familylinks.icrc.org/cote-d-ivoire) has been added to the ICRC family-links site. All information gathered will be treated in a confidential manner and undergo a rigorous verification process. Only if and when the information has been thoroughly vetted will the families be contacted and reunited with their children.

Since the 2011 crisis, the ICRC and the Red Cross Society of Côte d'Ivoire, working closely with other Red Cross societies across the region, have so far enabled the families of some 300 such children to be located.

The family-links site (familylinks.icrc.org) – available in English, French, Spanish, and soon in Arabic as well – exists in support of the worldwide Red Cross / Red Crescent family-links network. It offers online services in connection with specific crises. It is operated by the ICRC with help from Red Cross and Red Crescent societies around the globe.
 

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