The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus (CMP) have launched a joint Family Needs Assessment (FNA) with families that do not know the fate and whereabouts of their missing relatives in relation to the events of 1963-1964 and 1974.
According to a relevant press release, the six-month assessment will be carried out with 200 families of missing persons in both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and will consist of face-to-face interviews as well as focus group discussions.
This needs assessment is of a humanitarian nature and aims to identify specific needs that relatives of missing persons from both Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities in Cyprus may have due to the absence of answers regarding the fate of missing relatives and understand possible causes.
Moreover, it aims to identify existing CMP and external resources that are available to address the needs in domains such as health, social affairs and education and assess the operational capacity and quality of these proposed services.
The assessment also aims to propose an adequate response to the identified needs with the available resources.
The ICRC has conducted similar Family Needs Assessments in many countries affected by conflict and violence. For this project, it has seconded a senior advisor from its headquarters who is coordinating the research in Cyprus until April 2019.
The outcome of this joint assessment will be presented to authorities with specific recommendations and a public version of the report will be published, the announcement concludes.
(Cyprus News Agency)