- Restoring family links in Algeria
- Algeria: National Society holds workshop on reuniting separated families
A Congolese family reunited in Paris thanks to the joint efforts of the French Red Cross and the ICRC in Algeria.
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- Most of the beneficiaries of Restoring Family Links services in Algeria are either foreigners who have been detained or people separated from their families by conflict, some of whom are unaccompanied minors.
- In 2014, the ICRC collected 78 Red Cross Messages and distributed 109, and exchanged 299 "salamats" (short oral messages) between foreigners in Algerian prisons and their families.
- Working with the Algerian Red Crescent, the ICRC is currently handling 34 tracing requests from neighbouring countries and countries elsewhere in Africa. The ICRC is also searching in Côte d'Ivoire, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Guinea for relatives of migrants currently in Algeria. In 2014, it successfully located 15 people, including one unaccompanied minor.
- The families of two Algerians detained in Guantanamo have been able to make 16 video-telephone calls facilitated by the Algerian Red Crescent. Red Cross messages are exchanged through the ICRC and the detainees also receive family food parcels. The Algerian Red Crescent helped exchange 61 Red Cross messages, 68 Ramadan cards and 27 salamats between other Algerian nationals detained abroad and their families, working in cooperation with the ICRC.