Conflict, war and natural disasters around the world lead to separation of families, displacement and disappearance of people. The Tracing Programme is compelled to act fast so as to alleviate anxiety and worry, and bring comfort to those cut off from their families and loved ones as a result of civil war, conflict and natural disasters. Beneficiaries of Tracing are normally refugees, internally displaced persons, prisoners, immigrants, asylum seekers and persons in need of social tracing (cases that are neither a result of conflict nor disasters).
Tracing components include:
Reuniting family members: This process involves identification of missing persons, registration, Tracing, restoring family links between the separated families and finally reunifying separated family members.
Exchanging of Red Cross Messages: This is an open letter, used to re-establish family contacts and maintain the link. The contents are strictly family news.
Urgent Red Cross Messages: A message permitting military personnel to be granted emergency leave from overseas in order to join their families in Kenya in very urgent times, e.g. during a burial of a family member.
BBC Form: This is a tool used to broadcast names of missing people on BBC Somalia Radio Service. It is common among the Somali community.
Certificate Request: Transmission of educational documents and birth certificates is made possible for refugees living in camps and who require these documents delivered from their home country in order to pursue higher education, or gain employment.
Management of Mortal Remains: Persons, who have died as a result of a conflict or disaster, may be traced and buried with the help of the unit. This service is extended to the most vulnerable persons in an emergency.