Family tracing and reunification

The unfolding of disaster and war can often result in the forced separation of family members. Programs in this field aim to trace/locate and reunify family members with one another. The importance is deemed paramount, and in situations of armed conflict IHL names family reunification a right under the Fourth Geneva Convention. Easier said than done, family reunification can involve complicated verification and cross-border procedures, and sadly must also include efforts to clarify the fate of those missing.
Young woman talking on the phone
Photo: ICRC/Waudo, R.

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