The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delegation in South Sudan, Pierre Dorbes, says more than 5,000 missing South Sudanese residents, who were displaced as a result of the country’s turmoil, have been located and reunited with their families since 2018.
Thousands of South Sudanese were separated from their families after the civil war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013, and Dorbes – in a statement – added that the ICRC will continue to work with the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs to find other missing people and reconnect them with their families.
“We urge the transitional government of national unity to support efforts to trace the missing people. The families who are missing their beloved ones need support specifically elderly people,” he said.
ICRC said that more than 4,000 cases of missing persons displaced by conflict and violence were being followed up.
The families of missing persons often experience mental and emotional trauma hence the need to offer them psychosocial support, the agency said.
The conflict which broke out in South Sudan’s capital, Juba in December 2013 liked an estimated 400,000 people and displaced millions into neighbouring countries.
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