LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has unveiled a radio tracing program in Borno State, to reunite 3,000 missing persons with loved ones.
Sidika Nasiru, ICRC protection data officer, disclosed this in an interview in Maiduguri.
Ms Nasiru said no fewer than 24,000 people, including children, were separated from their families nationwide due to conflicts, with about 16,000 from Borno alone due to insurgency.
The ICRC official explained that the tracing program run on FRCN, involves repeated announcements of missing persons’ names with few details for possible identification.
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“With the radio, we hope to get wider reach to areas we cannot access due to security challenges in reuniting families. The name listing programme is on Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m., and it is repeated by 3:00 p.m. in the Kanuri language the same day,” Ms Nasiru explained.
She added, “On Thursdays, the time is 10:30 a.m. and a repeat broadcast by 3:00 p.m. in the Hausa language.”
She called for public support in making the new program a success.
The ICRC has reportedly united 150 families across the state borders.