The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has reportedly launched a digital humanitarian app for the people afflicted by armed conflicts, migration and other violence inflicted situations. The platform apparently stores copies of important documents like the passport, medical records and other paperwork without levying any charge, safely.
Reportedly, the application is being handled by the Zimbabwe Red Cross Society (ZRCS) and South African Red Cross Society (SARCS) along with financial and technical assistance from ICRC.
As per credible reports, the digital platform, also known as RedSafe, offers two services to its users. The first one being a digital vault which can store personal documents in both online and offline formats. It can be downloaded when required and follows ICRC’s data protection standards.
The second service is likely to offer reliable and trustworthy data regarding humanitarian aid available for refugees and migrants and provides knowledge on self-protection operations.
Elias Hwenga, Secretary General of ZRCS stated that the organization’s main agenda is to maintain Restoration of Family Links program which ensures interception of family separation, reunion of missing family members, keep the family members interlinked, and locate the missing or unidentified people.
ZRCS fulfils these services for free by sending Red Cross messages, trace the loved ones, Wi-Fi services, phone call services, RedSafe Mobile ap, trace the face, and Phone charging.
Shelton Chiyangwa, Secretary General, Zimbabwe Migrant Support Network (ZiMSN) mentioned that the RedSafe digital platform will be of great use to refugees and migrants especially those travelling to South Africa to know what services to expect.
It was further mentioned that RedSafe has an easy accessibility due to the technologically advanced world offering smartphones.
According to sources, the application will reportedly be available on Google Play, ICRC website, and Apple Store. In Zimbabwe, these digital vault users can operate the RFL and RedSafe services at ZRCS kiosks in Beitbridge, Bulawayo, Zaka and Harare Road where the team is mobile.