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Angola: A new Website for members of separated families

06-05-2003 News Release 03/49

As part of its traditional activities and its cooperation with the Angola Red Cross, the ICRC has received over 3,000 tracing requests since the beginning of the year from people who have lost contact with their relatives in connection with the conflict in Angola.

In addition to the procedures ordinarily used to locate persons unaccounted for, the ICRC publishes a magazine called Gazeta, which gives particulars of the people being sought, the people looking for their relatives, and registered unaccompanied children. The ICRC has also posted this information on its Website (  ) , in English and Portuguese) to facilitate the tracing of Angolans living abroad as refugees or residents. The site will be updated regularly as tracing requests are collected both in the country and abroad. Over 100 families have already been reunited using this service. Each week, tracing messages are broadcast on Angolan television's Ponto de Reencontro (meeting point) programme. These messages will be available on line beginning next week at .

 Further information: Olivier Moeckli, ICRC Luanda, tel. ++244 91 21 70 93  

 Juan Martinez, ICRC Geneva, tel. ++41 79 217 32 17