Every year, thousands of families all over the world are separated due to armed conflicts, natural disasters, migrations. Not knowing what happened with such family members, perhaps, is the cause for most bitter anguish. The Red Cross Family News Service Programme helps people to re-establish contact with family members after separation, in situation of humanitarian crisis. The Family News Service (FNS) department of the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS),with all the National Societies worldwide, plays an important role in helping to re-establish or maintain contact between separated family members.
As part of the network, IRCS can help a person in India to locate a missing family member in any part of the world, be it in the Middle East. Europe, North America or anywhere else. It is a unique service provided free of charge to the public. The IRCS Family News Service(FNS) department provides services throughout India, through the widespread network of IRCS State and District Branches.
It is a unique service provided free of charge to all who need it. FNS Wings provides its services mainly to the foreign detainees at different Correctional Homes in West Bengal who want to contact with their families by an open letter called "RED CROSS MESSAGE". It also involves in tracing persons unaccounted for, organizing exchange of family news and the transmission of documents when normal means of communication have broken down.
These services are offered to:
i) Migrants in detention center.
ii) Family members separated due to conflicts, disaster or any Humanitarian need.
West Bengal State Headquarters,
5 &6, Govt. Place North,Kolkata-700001.