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International Day of the Disappeared


International Day of the Disappeared is on 30 August.

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.

Trace the Face

In 2013, the Red Cross launched Trace the Face – an online tool which allows anyone separated from their loved ones to post a picture of themselves to advertise their search.

And it’s working. So far this year, 21 people have found each other thanks to Trace the Face. This is an improvement on last year where 19 people found one or several family members. 

The more people know about this tool, the more families we hope to reconnect. Help us spread the word about Trace the Face on International Day of the Disappeared. 

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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

Saleh in front of a Red Cross painting

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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