By Innocent Nxumalo
MIGRANTS, who have lost contact with their relatives, have been given a lifeline after the establishment of a Red Safe kiosk which will help in reuniting families.
The kiosk, established through a partnership between the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS), offers migrants a range of services such as free calls and internet sessions.
Launching the Red Safe facility near Beitbridge border post this Tuesday, Red Cross Society representatives said the resource centre will help migrants to overcome travelling challenges.
“This is an inland port where people from as far as Somalia, Rwanda and Ethiopia pass through. It is therefore important to provide critical support services that will help them to connect with their families when they are in hard times,” said Mamadou Sow, Red Cross Head of Delegation in Southern Africa.
“Through the assistance from ICRC, we have set up this digitalised facility equipped with wifi, free phone calling and Red safe App which will alleviate travelling related challenges,” said Elias Hwenga, Red Cross Zimbabwe Country Director.
The Red Safe kiosk is also expected to ease the burden of taking care of distressed travellers as alluded to by residents and Sikhangezile Mafu who was representing the Secretary for Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs and Devolution.
“The Department of Social Welfare, residents and other departments here Beitbridge had a huge burden to assist those who fall on hard times while on the road,” said Mafu.
The development is in line with the United Nations Convention for the Protection of Migrants’ Rights and Privileges.