Afghans make majority of missing persons in Europe
KABUL (Pajhwok): Celine Doutrelugne, head of the Trace the Face online project of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Afghanistan, has said around 58 percent of the missing migrants in Europe are Afghans.
During an interview, she said they had registered 1,251 missing individuals in Europe and of them 722 were Afghan nationals, 105 from Senegal and 73 from Syria.
She said photos of all the missing individuals had been published in ICRC website and would be displayed in different spots so that their relative could identify them.
According to her, the Trace the Face project was incepted in 2013 by ICRC in collaboration with 28 European Red Cross societies.
Doutrelugne said the online programme was aimed at reuniting missing persons with their families back at home after going missing on their way to Europe.
“Every photo of a missing person on the ICRC website is published with a note which says ‘I am looking for my father, mother, sister and brother’ and in this way the missing person could reunite with his/her family,” she said.
According to Doutrelugne, since 2013 as many as 18 missing persons have been reunited with their families and of them 16 were Afghans who had lost contact with families for the past seven years.
According to her, most individuals seeking asylum in Europe are Afghans and people in Afghanistan have little information about the issue and awareness could be enhanced through media.
“Currently we have published some brochures on missing individuals in English language and similar things could be published in Pashto and Dari which would be distributed in different parts of the country,” she added.
She said the Trace the Face programme was being headed by ICRC offices in 12 cities of Afghanistan. “When someone goes missing in other countries, it needs special programme and efforts to get him or her back.”
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