GENEVA-Thousands of Haitians at home and abroad are trying to get in touch with each other through a website set up after the devastating earthquake, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday.
About 2,000 Haitians, many in the United States and Canada, registered on the site, www.icrc.org/familylinks, within less than 24 hours of it going live, ICRC spokeswoman Anna Schaaf said. Many sought relatives in the capital, Port-au-Prince.
"They include 250 names registered by people in Haiti saying they were looking for someone there, like a brother," she said.A further 50 people in Haiti had registered to report their own well-being, but it was up to users to match names, she said.
Social media, including Facebook, played a huge role by offering links to the ICRC site, spokesman Marcal Izard said...