ICRC reunites 42 missing persons with family members

Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster launched report entitled, “I do not know where to start” at Palm African Hotel in Juba on Tuesday [Photo by Awan]

By Awan Achiek

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has reunited 42 persons with their families after disappearing for the last two years due to conflict in South Sudan.

“In the last two years, the ICRC together with South Sudan Red Cross, we have clarified the fate of 979 missing persons in South Sudan and supported 42 families with reunification,” Pierre Dorbes, Head of the delegation of ICRC in South Sudan said on Tuesday in Juba.

Dorbes was speaking during the release of the new report dubbed “I do not know where to start”.

The report is based on 181 interviews with families of the missing people conducted by ICRC in 8 states across the country between November 2020 and April 2021.

It also coincided with International Day of the Disappeared marked annually on August 29th but celebrated on Tuesday in Juba.

“The needs and the challenges faced by the families of the missing persons are complex and it required a comprehensive approach from the side of state authorities,” Dorbes said.  

ICRC last week disclosed that some 5,700 are missing in South Sudan as result of conflict over the years.

Rebecca Nyandeng de Mabior, Vice President for Gender and Youth Cluster, expressed her solidarity with families whose beloved ones are missing.

“It is a pleasure for me to stand within the International Committee of Red Cross to express solidarity with thousands of families in South Sudan who have suffered the heartbreak of disappeared loved ones,” Nyandeng said.

John Lobor, Secretary-General of South Sudan Red Cross, said that ICRC and South Sudan Red Cross will continue to follow up on thousands of cases of missing persons displaced by conflict and violence in the country.

“Probably, there are thousands and hundreds of people that are missing and looking for their relatives, children, women, and husbands,” Lobor said.

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