23 June 2014
To mark International Day of the Disappeared on 30 August, the British Red Cross has launched a creative writing competition on the theme of ‘searching’.
Wannabe wordsmiths can enter stories, poems or personal accounts – up to 500 words – by the deadline of 18 July 2014.
There are two categories for the competition: adults and young persons aged 16 or under. Winning entries will receive a £100 Amazon gift voucher. The two runners-up in each category will receive a £50 voucher.
The Day of the Disappeared recognises the number of people missing through armed conflict, disaster and migration. It also reflects on the lives of their relatives, who have to cope with the uncertainty around their whereabouts.
The Red Cross’ international family tracing service works all around the world to try to find these missing families and restore contact between loved ones.
Last year, the Red Cross took on almost 1,000 new cases and helped 144 people trace their relatives.
The main conflicts that separated these families related to situations in Afghanistan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria and the second world war.
Emily Knox, from the Red Cross, said: “The International Day of the Disappeared is a chance for us to stand together with those who have missing relatives.
“This competition offers a great way of encouraging people to actively engage with the spirit of the day, and show support for those whose loved ones are missing as a result of armed conflict and other disasters.”