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International Day of the Disappeared


International Day of the Disappeared is on 30 August 2016.

This annual event gives us a chance to recognise the numbers of people still missing through conflict, disaster and migration - and show solidarity with their loved ones. 

You can get involved and spread the word about the issue.

Show your support

  • Talk about the campaign online with the hashtag #DayoftheDisappeared. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Change your profile picture to an empty frame, to mark Day of the Disappeared. Just open this icon, right-click to save, and then upload to your social media account.
  • If you know someone who is looking for missing family, find out how we may be able to help and how to search for family online using the Trace the Face website.

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Families we have traced

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

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.

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

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


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I found my wife after four years apart

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When Libya descended into war, Saleh lost his wife and his best friend. Several years later he got a call that would change his life forever.

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