Practice Relating to Rule 117. Accounting for Missing Persons
Côte d’Ivoire’s Teaching Manual (2007) provides in Book I (Basic instruction):
Lesson 5. The International Committee of the Red Cross
The aim of this lesson is to familiarize the soldier with the activities of the International Committee of the Red Cross, generally and in particular in times of armed conflict.
… To protect and assist the victims of situations of armed conflict and disturbances, the ICRC undertakes several activities in their favour[:]
- it endeavours to restore and to maintain family links between separated family members; for more than a century, the ICRC’s Central Tracing Agency has dedicated itself to the following activities: searching for persons reported missing or of whom their families have lost sight; reuniting separated families; transmitting messages when normal communication systems are paralysed or destroyed by the war; … delivering death or capture certificates.