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Indonesia: A glimpse of hope in Banda Aceh

18-01-2005 News Release No. 05/7

When the tsunami hit their home on 26 December, Maimun was holding on to his father's hand. In the raging water he had to let go and after being rescued he was placed with a caretaker.

Thanks to the Red Cross, Maimun was reunited earlier this week with his elder brother in Banda Aceh, where the two boys, whose parents and sister are still missing, will be living with their aunt.

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Maimun was reunited with his family through the tracing service set up by the ICRC and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI). He was the first of eight unaccompanied children who have so far been registered and had their pictures posted on the clipboard in the PMI headquarters in Banda Aceh. A PMI volunteer recognized the boy and was able to get in touch with his brother, Dede.
 
Since the disaster, three tracing offices and two mobile teams that go to camps for the displaced have been collecting data on missing persons and " I am alive " messages for the ICRC and the Indonesian Red Cross. Three additional offices will be opened in the coming days.
 
" So far we have collected data on 665 missing persons and 624 " I am alive " messages,” said ICRC delegate Natalie Klein. “We have also provided satellite phones calls for 187 people, received 42 Red Cross messages and registered eight unaccompanied children. "
 
The " I am alive " messages will be published in booklets to be distributed in camps and other places f rom Monday on. The names will also be published on . As for Maimun, his picture can now be taken down from the clipboard of missing children.

 For further information, please contact:  

 Vincent Lusser, ICRC Geneva, ++4122 730 24 26 / 079 217 32 64