The Missing and Deceased Migrants Pilot Project in South Africa and Zimbabwe: 2016 – 2018

20 November 2018

The family of Kholwani Mathuthu in their home in Gwanda district. The family opened a tracing request with the ICRC field officers to search for their son who went missing when traveling to South Africa.

Every day, people all over the world leave their homes in search for a better life. On the road or after they have arrived at their destination, many migrants go missing. It is these vulnerable migrants that the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) seeks to help.

Through the Missing and Deceased Migrants Pilot Project, the ICRC is working with South African and Zimbabwean authorities to complement existing systems, tools and resources that are used to locate missing migrants – whether they are living or deceased.

Below is a factsheet on Phase One of the ICRC's Missing and Deceased Migrants Pilot Project in Zimbabwe and South Africa.