Red Cross programme helps to re-unite families hinh anh 1At the meeting (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) - Some 348 families have been reunited with their relatives over the past 30 years under the Reestablishment of Family Links programme in HCM City.

The programme aims to prevent separation and disappearances, restore and maintain contact among family members, and clarify the fate of missing persons.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is strongly committed to help financially and technically the Vietnam Red Cross in its tasks related to reestablishment of family links, said Cherine Pollini, head of ICRC Vietnam.

“In Vietnam like in a number of other countries in the world, families have been separated due to conflicts, violence, migration or natural disasters that struck their countries. For days, months, years even, families wait to receive news of their relatives from whom they were separated,” she said.

The Vietnam Red Cross Society is the Red Cross Movement partner that is in contact with families seeking support, Cherine said at a meeting held in HCM City on November 24 to celebrate 30 years of the Reestablishment of Family Links programme in HCM City.

Established in 1987, the Reestablishment of Family Links office under Vietnam Red Cross Society received more than 3,800 petitions for reestablishment of family links nationwide. -VNA