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  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: 6,874 dark balloons remind us of missing persons

    Despite bright sunshine, dark clouds cast shadows over the city squares of Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka on 30 August 2016. The clouds were carrying not rain but a question: Where is (s)he? The families of the 6,874 people still missing in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been waking up and going to bed with this question on their minds for more than 20 years.

    10/3/2016 | VIDEO

  • International Day of the Disappeared: 25 years after conflicts in former Yugoslavia, 10,700 people still missing

    Belgrade (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been working with the families of the missing ever since the conflicts broke out in the former Yugoslavia and the very first tracing requests were made. The organization is deeply concerned about the slow progress made over the last couple of years on resolving this issue.

    9/6/2016 | ARTICLE

  • International Day of the Disappeared: Indifference to a humanitarian tragedy

    The president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, has called on governments to urgently address the humanitarian issue of missing people: those who disappeared during armed conflict or other situations of violence, natural disasters or migration.

    8/29/2016 | ARTICLE

  • Bosnian Man Digs For Bones Of Victims, Peace Of Mind

    The remains of up to 1,000 victims of a 1995 massacre have yet to be found in the hills around the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. For nearly 17 years, one man has devoted his life to locating the bones of those who died in Europe's worst mass killing since World War II. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

    6/9/2016 | VIDEO

  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Dzidza's years of torment waiting to learn the fate of her entire family

    It is 20 years since the war in Bosnia ended and some 7,000 people remain unaccounted for, leaving their surviving relatives in a state of permanent anguish. Back in 2008 journalist Nick Danziger described the pain of Dzidza, whose family disappeared in the 1995 Srebrenica massacres. Here is his account.

    3/2/2016 | ARTICLE


the need to know 

The need to know - Restoring links between dispersed family members

This publication explains how the Family Links network operates and why its services are so important. It describes situations in which family separations occur, and the many ways in which the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement supports dispersed families and families of missing people.

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Missing persons - an hidden tragedy 

Missing Persons - A hidden tragedy

The plight of people missing in armed conflict and the suffering of their families has been a consistent concern to the ICRC. This specially commissioned report, written by an independent journalist, turns the spotlight onto the plight of missing persons and their families.

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ICRC delegation in Sarajevo
Soukbunar 5
Tel: (+387 33) 565 650
Fax: (+387 33) 565 660
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Family Links Website
This sub-website dedicated to the people missing in connection with the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina belongs to the wider Red Cross Red Crescent Family Links Website.

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