Around 348 families have been reunited with their relatives over the past 30 years under the Reestablishment of Family Links programme in HCM City.
|Cherine Pollini, head of ICRC Việt Nam, speaks at a meeting held yesterday (Nov 24) to celebrate 30 years of the Reestablishment of Family Links programme in HCM City. — VNS Photo Thế Anh|
The programme aims to prevent separation and disappearances, restore and maintain contact among family members, and clarify the fate of missing persons.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is strongly committed to help financially and technically the Việt Nam Red Cross in its tasks related to reestablishment of family links, said Cherine Pollini, head of ICRC Việt Nam.
“In Việt Nam like in a number of other countries in the world, families have been separated due to conflicts, violence, migration or natural disasters that struck their countries. For days, months, years even, families wait to receive news of their relatives from whom they were separated,” she said.
The Việt Nam Red Cross Society is the Red Cross Movement partner that is in contact with families seeking support, Cherine said at a meeting held yesterday to celebrate 30 years of the Reestablishment of Family Links programme in HCM City.
Established in 1987, the Reestablishment of Family Links office under Việt Nam Red Cross Society received more than 3,800 petitions for reestablishment of family links nationwide.