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Jordan hosts second regional ICRC meeting on reuniting families

By JT - Feb 09,2019 - Last updated at Feb 09,2019

The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Jordan Red Crescent Society hold their second meeting centred on reconnecting and uniting families separated by conflict in this undated photo (Photo courtesy of the ICRC)

AMMAN — The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Jordan Red Crescent Society (JRCS) recently held the second meeting on restoring family links in Amman, according statement sent by ICRC.

The two-day regional meeting gathered 42 participants from 14 Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and nine ICRC delegations from the MENA region to exchange experience and practices used in the region.

The meeting covered issues related to a new strategy for reuniting families, current challenges facing missing persons and their families and responses to the needs of migrants, as well as the protecting individuals’ data who are using restoring family link’s services.

“The number of families separated in the region, as well as [the number] of missing persons remains an extraordinary humanitarian challenge that we collectively in the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are continuing to address”, said Juerg Montani, head of the ICRC delegation in Jordan.

“Despite Internet connectivity and [the] modern means of communication we are witnessing nowadays, people are still going missing and families are being separated following natural disasters, conflicts or when taking hazardous migration routes,” he said in the statement.

The ICRC and National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies work to locate people and put them back into contact with their relatives, according to the statement.

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