That Edhi Foundation is home to many homeless people, many of whom end up in the welfare organization’s shelter in Karachi after they get lost and are separated from loved ones, apart from those with mental illness. Most of these lost people, separated from their families over the years, consisted of those from cities other than Karachi.
While they are provided in the shelter, they miss their loved ones and their identities.
Recognizing the use of the Shanakht Program to get them out of their misery, the Citizen-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) have taken the tough task of tracking down their families and reuniting them with their loved ones.
According to the head of the Shanakht Program Amir Hasan, the decision was made after the CPLC identification program team learned that hundreds of people at the Edhi Foundation shelter in Karachi were not from the city.
“As per the findings of a survey conducted by the Shanakht Program team, 500 women at the shelter of a welfare organization in North Karachi and 1,200 men in Edhi Village in Nooriabad came from other cities and ended up in Karachi for various reasons,” he said. The Express Tribune. “Some of them have mental illnesses and others cannot remember their addresses, apart from other reasons, because these 1,700 missing people have lived in Karachi, separated from their families, over the years.”
He further explained that it was also possible that they may have initially sought refuge at the Edhi Foundation in their original village, town and village and then moved to Karachi due to a lack of space, while their families continued to seek out their own. city.
“But now we have started to get his fingerprints and have sent the samples to the National Database and Registration Agency (NADRA) so that his family can be traced through biometric identification,” Hasan said.
Fingerprints of 285 women at the Edhi shelter in North Karachi were sent to NADRA as of last week and Shanakht Program officials had received the biometric results of 94 of them by then.
In addition, the fingerprints of 140 people have been sent to NADRA for identification to date, and the biometric results of 50 people have been received.
A total of 100 people united with their families at that time.
Waseem Qadri, Waseem Qadri from the Central Zone of the CPLC, also said that the Shanakht Program team is doing everything in its power to reunite the missing and missing with their families.
He added that the project was also used to identify corpses without heirs in Hyderabad.
According to Qadri, so far the Shanakht Program has proven quite useful for identifying bodies, especially those burned to death following incidents such as plane crashes or bus fires.
“We are collecting fingerprints and DNA samples from cadavers for identification and the success rate of the Shanakht Program in identifying bodies has been around 50 percent,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2021.