Following the 1998-2000 conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, families on both sides were separated from their loved ones.
Since then, the ICRC has been working to alleviate the suffering of these families in both countries. In Ethiopia, for instance, the ICRC is supporting the families by tracing their family members and engaging with authorities. Moreover, the ICRC provides financial and psycho-social support to these families which have very often become single-households.
Hence, every year, on the occasion of the International Day of the Disappeared, the ICRC facilitates a meeting for the concerned families to give them an opportunity to express and exchange their feelings and emotions. One such event took place this year in Mekelle on August 30th, with close to 40 participants from the northern region of Tigray, in the presence of local officials.
Read more about how we are working to restore family links.