By Talatu Maiwada
Abuja – The Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) on Wednesday, said it reunited no fewer than 610 families displaced due to the insurgency North-East between January and March 2017.
Mr Nwakpa Okorie, Head of Communications of the society, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
According to Okorie, the families are reunited at various locations such as Madagali, Danboa, Gwoza, and Maiduguri, among others.
He said NRCS was an auxiliary organisation to public authorities in humanitarian intervention in the areas of health, disaster mitigation and social welfare.
Okorie further explained that restoring family links was, however, part of the core mandate of the organisation.
“Numerous families in the North-East of Nigeria, including children and arrested persons, have lost contact with their relatives because of the ongoing conflict.
“NRCS puts in so much effort to restore contact between them and their relatives and where possible, reunite them.
“The families waiting for the news of their loved ones are also supported to cope with their absence,’’ he said.
According to him, the society also provides free phone services to internally displaced persons in various camps and persons in host communities searching for their loved ones.
He said the phones were used to disseminate information to their loved ones as well as to communicate with them, thereby reducing anxiety and depression.
“In restoring family links, we send Red Cross messages which indicate an alert in various locations.
“We also provide tracing forms distributed among children, fathers and women searching for their relatives with detailed information such as addresses and pictures, which would aid in tracing and reunification.