No Direction Home: The Personal Stories of Missing Migrants

No Direction Home: The Personal Stories of Missing Migrants

The ICRC has launched a new interactive website – missingmigrants.icrc.org – featuring the stories and photos behind the humanitarian tragedies of those who go missing along migration routes. Their journeys are long and dangerous; across the Mediterranean, the Maghreb, the Central American corridor. People fleeing violence and scarcity, migrating to stay alive just one more day. These stories are just one part of this global issue: they are the stories of those who left to find a better life, but never arrived. Check out the site here.

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#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Day of the Disappeared September 1, 2017

#ICYMI Weekly Roundup: The Day of the Disappeared September 1, 2017

August 30th marked International Day of the Disappeared. Every year, a countless number of people go missing, either separated during migration or conflict, leaving behind loved ones who agonize over their location and wellbeing. Those that are left behind have the right to know what has happened to their missing relatives and and governments, armed forces and armed groups have an obligation to provide information and to help reunite families. You can learn more about how ICRC helps in this effort here as well as read this compelling blog from the British Red Cross about what happens when families are reconnected.In this week’s roundup, we take a look at the situation of the missing, as portrayed by the media and other online outlets.**

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International Day of the Disappeared: Stories from Brazil

International Day of the Disappeared: Stories from Brazil

How does one learn to cope with the pain and the misery? When does it become acceptable to let their memory fade away? August 30th marks the International Day of the Disappeared. These are the stories of Brazilian families who desperately wait for the return of their missing members. In the following videos, the families talk about their sorrows and also the hope that keeps them looking for their loved ones.

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Gone but Not Forgotten: Migrants, Mothers and the Missing (August 30 Recorded Panel)

Gone but Not Forgotten: Migrants, Mothers and the Missing (August 30 Recorded Panel)

On August 30, in honor of the International Day of the Disappeared, the ICRC will be holding a conference at the Humanitarium in Geneva on the importance of remembrance and the story behind its origins. Speakers include President of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo, Estela Carlotto, ICRC Forensic Coordinator José Pablo Baraybar do Carmo, and ICRC Psychologist Carla Uriarte. Mary Werntz, ICRC Deputy Director of Operations, will provide introductory remarks. The conference will be video recorded and posted here

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Photo Slideshow: Families of the Missing

Photo Slideshow: Families of the Missing

People affected by armed conflict or other violence have many needs--food, shelter, access to clean water and healthcare. But one need that is often overlooked is the need to know their family is okay. When people disappear in connection with armed conflict or other violence, their relatives endure terrible suffering as they struggle to find out what happened. The ICRC works with families of the missing to help determine the fate of their loved one and reconnect separated family members when possible. 

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Day of the Disappeared: The Missing Around the World

Day of the Disappeared: The Missing Around the World

Around the world, hundreds of thousands of people are currently missing—separated from their loved ones because of armed conflict, violence, natural disaster or migrations. In more than 60 countries, the ICRC works to help missing people and their families. August 30 is the International Day of the Disappeared. Here is how the ICRC is making a difference.
 

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Capturing Absence: Photographing Families of the Missing in Ukraine

Capturing Absence: Photographing Families of the Missing in Ukraine

August 30 marks the International Day of the Disappeared. In war, both civilians and combatants go missing, leaving behind anguish and uncertainty for their loved ones. International humanitarian law and human rights law require parties to a conflict to take measures to ensure that people do not go missing in an armed conflict and if they do, that all possible measures are taken so that their fate is known and their families informed.  Through its Restoring Family Links program, the ICRC works to help reconnect these families.

In Ukraine, hundreds remain unaccounted for following the conflict that began in late 2013. Brendan Hoffman, an American documentary photographer based in Kiev, recently spent time with family members of those missing in Ukraine and spoke to Intercross about his experience and why he is compelled to photograph this often vastly unacknowledged and under-reported tragedy.

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ICRC Trace the Face Helps Families Finding their Missing Loved Ones in Europe

ICRC Trace the Face Helps Families Finding their Missing Loved Ones in Europe

In 2013, the Red Cross launched an online tool called Trace the Face, which aims to help people find relatives who have disappeared along the migration roads to Europe. Trace the Face allows people trying to find their families to upload a photo of themselves to increase the chances of being recognized. In this video, a Senegalese mother looking for her son and an Eritrean woman in Switzerland looking for her brother explain why they used Trace the Face. An Afghan in Germany tells how he found his family thanks to Trace The Face. For more information, visit tracetheface.org.

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"On This Day in History" Western Balkans, 1998-1999

"On This Day in History" Western Balkans, 1998-1999

This week marks the meeting of the 42nd session of the working group on persons unaccounted for in connection with events in Kosovo in 1998 and 1999. Officials from Belgrade and Pristina discussed further steps to be taken to clarify what happened to 1666 people who are still missing from that time. 

Under international humanitarian law, the families have the right to know what happened to their missing relatives. They have been waiting for 17 long years. 

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Colombia: Insidious Violence on the Rise in 2015

Colombia: Insidious Violence on the Rise in 2015

While the peace talks between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People's Army (FARC-EP) are making headway, there is no respite from the everyday armed violence in Colombia. 

Today, the ICRC Delegation in Bogotá, Colombia launched its annual report, or Humanitarian Situation Report 2016, giving an overview on ICRC activities in the country in 2015 as well as highlighting key challenges for 2016.

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