Changani Vakisai Mutegwa, Eustina Mabutho and Erica Tusai – a father desperate to find his son, a sister in search of her brother, a daughter looking for her mother. They represent dozens of families in Zimbabwe searching for relatives who migrated to South Africa in search of better opportunities and went missing.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) recently traveled to Zaka district in Masvingo Province to meet families with missing relatives, gather as much information about their loved ones to assist with the search in South Africa.
Our assistance to them forms part of Missing and Deceased Migrants Pilot Project which is now in Phase Two. The aim of the project is to ensure that the families of missing or deceased migrants receive clear answers about the fate of their loved ones and to improve the way families, public authorities and forensic practitioners share information used to search for and identify missing and deceased migrants.