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Day of the Disappeared: a time to remember

30 August 2012

As people across the world remember missing loved ones on International Day of the Disappeared (30 August), the British Red Cross has marked the occasion with a writing competition.

The day presents a stark reminder that hundreds of thousands of families across the world are still unaware of the fate of family members, missing through conflict.

To mark this day, the Red Cross ran a creative writing competition on the theme of ‘Missing’ - you can check out the winning entries on our website.

Increased awareness

Clavance Lim won the competition with his short story, Escape. He said: “I’m honoured to have my entry selected, and will be deeply humbled if my story can help increase awareness of the plight of missing people.”

Clavance added: “The work of the Red Cross is truly inspiring – and in this age of social media and information, we can all do our part and work towards making the world a better place.”

Across the country, the Red Cross will hold events on 30 August and hand out ‘forget-me-not’ flower-shaped bookmarks in memory of those who are still missing.

‘Waiting for news’

Nev Jefferies, head of international tracing and message services, said: “We traced 283 people last year, and we’re currently trying to trace the relatives of 1,319 families from countries all across the world, including: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, and Iraq.”

He added: “For the Red Cross, this is a day when we can show solidarity with families who are, for one more year, waiting for news of a loved one. Across every continent, and here in the UK too, people have to live with the pain of separation and uncertainty – this is our chance to reach out to those who may need our help.”

Check out the writing competition winners

Find out more about the day – and check out our interactive global map


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