PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) – The Haitian Red Cross celebrated the International Day of Missing Persons by launching a national campaign to promote its Restoring Family Links (RFL) program, a service it says must get attention with the rise of repatriates coming from the Dominican Republic.
The RFL is described as a worldwide tracing service for family members whose lines of communication have been broken as a result of armed conflict, natural disaster or vulnerabilities such as age or ill health.
The leaders of the Haitian Red Cross held a press conference last Tuesday, August 30, at the Hotel Le Plaza, on the occasion of the International Day of Missing Persons.
The press conference was attended by representatives of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Haiti, national and international organizations involved in family tracing and reunification and other volunteering services.
The RFL has been a part of the Haitian Red Cross since 2003. Following the devastating earthquake of January 12, 2010, the service has grown because of the many cases of displacement and missing persons.
Through the years the RFL has allowed about 6,400 people to confirm if they were alive by signing on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) website. Through the RFL, the Haitian Red Cross says it has allowed thousands to restore contact with their relatives, in some cases, children and their parents.
Since the 2010 surge service activities have slowed. The situation of persons repatriated from the Dominican Republic has shown an existing need to continue the campaign so that it may be better known to the wider Haitian population, the organization said.
This campaign will have national coverage with a concentration of activities in border areas and it is increasing the number of research and family reunions. All citizens who wish to use the services, repatriates, opinion leaders and media will be targeted by the campaign “Rekonekte Fanmi Youn ak Lot”.
The RFL’s 2016 promotional campaign of the Haitian Red Cross receives financial support through the American Red Cross from readers like you.