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  • 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

  • International Day of the Disappeared 2014: Interactive Map

    In over 70 countries and territories around the world, the ICRC has files open on people who have disappeared. We call them open tracing cases, but behind every case is a family desperate to know what has happened. And they have a right to know, enshrined in international humanitarian law.

    8/29/2014 | ARTICLE

  • International Day of the Disappeared 2014: Serbia and Western Balkans

    The past conflicts in the Western Balkan left thousands of missing people. The ICRC registered more than 34 000 cases related to the conflicts in Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. More than 23 000 were already resolved, but over 11 000 families remain without an answer about the fate of their missing relatives. The video illustrates the anguish of those family members who still do not know what has happened to their loved ones and have to live with their absence.

    8/28/2014 | VIDEO

  • Families of missing people need better support

    Geneva (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling for a better and broader response to the needs of the families of persons missing as the result of armed conflict or natural disaster.

    8/30/2013 | 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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Croatian Red Cross
Crvenog križa 14/1
10 000 Zagreb Croatia
Tel: +385 1 46 55 814
+385 1 46 55 365
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Or contact the tracing service of the National Red Cross Red Crescent Society of the country in which you are.

Family Links Website
This sub-website dedicated to the people missing in connection with the conflict in Croatia belongs to the wider Red Cross Red Crescent Family Links Website.

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