Red Cross puts up website for missing Marawi persons


Posted at Aug 30 2017 03:40 PM

Aside from accessing the website, families with missing relatives may approach any of the 12 welfare desks set up by the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) in evacuation centers between Marawi and Iligan cities. Photo courtesy of Philippine Red Cross

MANILA- As the Marawi siege marked its 100th day, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) launched a website that helps trace missing people in the besieged city.

The "Restoring Family Links" online page aims to reunite families separated by the conflict in Marawi City.

Screengrab of "Restoring Family Links" online page

"Our tracing website offers a platform for people to share information about their missing relatives and request our help in tracing them," Camilla Matteucci of the ICRC said in a statement.

The website supplements existing tracing services such as the Philippine Red Cross' welfare desks in evacuation centers in the cities of Marawi and Iligan.

The PRC meanwhile assured those who plan to use the website that the information they will share shall be treated confidential.

Since the crisis in Marawi City broke out last May 23, PRC has received 402 tracing requests, 179 of which are still being looked into.

The battle for Marawi City has claimed nearly 800 lives, mostly terror suspects. It has also forced more than 200,000 people out of their homes to flee from the conflict.

-- With reports from Melissa Robles