Reference : V-P-GE-E-00332
Date : 19/08/2008
Country/Region : GEORGIA
Caption : Tbilisi, collective centre in school number 64. The tracing services of the ICRC provide a lifeline for families separated by conflict, even though re-establishing contact and tracing the missing can take time.
Photographer : BARRY, Jessica
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : Collective centre for displaced persons.

Extracts from 21-08-2008 Feature
Georgia: for the ones left behind - so near and yet so far
For the elderly, the sick and the frail who were unable to leave home when other family members fled the fighting in and around South Ossetia, each passing day of separation increases their vulnerability. Jessica Barry has been talking to some of the displaced in Tbilisi about the loved ones they left behind.

Restoring shattered family ties

Teams of delegates and national staff from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visit the collective centres daily to provide tracing services. They say that the number of people approaching them with requests for help for those left behind, as well as to give information about people who are missing or feared dead, is skyrocketing.

Although primarily intended to help separated families to remain in contact during times of conflict and war, the ICRC's tracing work – which is a key part of its mandate worldwide -- also enables neighbours and friends to keep in touch.
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