The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will carry out an island-wide survey to assess the needs of the families of missing persons in Sri Lanka, an ICRC communiqué said.
The ICRC in January this year has presented proposal to the government to conduct a Family Needs Assessment for the families of missing persons and Sri Lankan authorities have accepted it.
The organization has held discussions with the officials from the Ministry of Defense and the task force of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) on the proposed survey.
The island wide survey will be conducted using a representative sample of families of the missing from the organization's caseload, the ICRC said in its Delegation newsletter, January-June 2014.
From 1990, the ICRC has received more than 16,100 tracing requests from families, including approximately 5,200 from families of missing soldiers and policemen.
Initially, the ICRC will assess the multifaceted needs of these families such as economic necessities, but later the organization will assess the other important needs in terms of psychosocial support, resulting from not knowing the fate of their missing relative.
A needs assessment will help identify existing services that could be useful for the families, but also gaps between expressed needs and existing resources or services, the ICRC says.
The ICRC will share a report with the Sri Lankan government to help the government to design an adequate response to the needs of the families identified.
The assessment will also serve as a basis for any further proposal by the ICRC with regard to follow-up actions or possible humanitarian programs in favor of these families.