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International Day of the Disappeared

The International Day of the Disappeared (30 August) is a reminder that a great number of people are missing as a result of conflicts around the world.

Each year, the Red Cross marks the day by commemorating those who have gone missing in armed conflicts or other situations of violence – and remembers the plight of their families.

Case studies from around the world


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Families we have traced

After pensioner Sylvia suddenly lost touch with her cousin Mary in Germany, she spent three years fearing the worst – until she found us.

Terry Timms grew up believing his birth father was his mother’s husband, Ronald, but as an adult he discovered the truth.

Andy's father sent him to the UK from Germany when he was a boy, and the two lost touch soon after. We've helped him find his father's widow.

After fleeing Kenya, Amuun Mohamoud lost contact with her mother and thought she’d died – until we put them back in touch.

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Winning entries 2013

Men reading Red Cross messages in Sudan

Check out the best stories and poems this year's writing competition.

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Writing winner: ‘I couldn’t believe I’d won’

Louise Hird - Day of Disappeared writing competition winner 2013
30 Aug 2013

Louise Hird was pleased with the short story she sent in to our writing competition – but still shocked when she won.

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