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Finding missing family members

We help to restore contact between families separated by armed conflict, disaster or migration by using the global Red Cross and Red Crescent network.

Finding missing family

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Read more about how our tracing services work and the kinds of cases we can help with.

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Finding family in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam

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On the evening of 13 March, Cyclone Pam caused widespread destruction to homes and buildings in Vanuatu. If you have lost contact with family in Vanuatu, we may be able to help.

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How we will work on your case

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If you want us to trace a family member, you can read about how we work in more detail.

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Winning entries in our writing competition

Couple waiting for relative found through the international tracing and message services

Check out the winning entries in this year's writing competition on the theme of 'Searching'.

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If we can't help, we can point you to other organisations, in the UK and overseas, that may be able to.

For more than 100 years, the Red Cross has helped people find those they have lost because of conflict or disaster. Read their stories.


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International Day of the Disappeared

Day of the Disappeared: helping to find missing family

Every year, we recognise the plight of people still missing from disaster or conflict - and the loved ones who wait.

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